Global Soil Partnership


The Soil Spectroscopy Group at the Department of Soil Science and Soil Protection, Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CZU)


Contact(s): Asa Gholizadeh and Luboš Borůvka

Laboratory Capacity

the Department of Soil Science and Soil Protection has long experience in soil spectroscopy, particularly laboratory and field visible and near infrared (VNIR) spectroscopy, but also in remote sensing image processing and exploitation in soil research. They are equipped with an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer and Raman spectrometer and laboratory FTIR spectrometer for soil and environmental analyses.

Their main focus is on exploitation of VNIR spectroscopy for the prediction and mapping of soil properties, using and testing various machine learning and deep learning algorithms. The target soil properties are mainly soil organic carbon, soil texture, but also soil pollutants like potentially toxic elements.We develop the Czech soil spectral library. They also apply the prediction models based on soil spectroscopy in digital mapping of soil organic carbon contents and stocks, soil pollution, soil erosion, forest soil degradation, etc. and have published a number of scientific papers on these topics, both ourselves and in collaboration with the leaders in this field.

The Department of Soil Science and Soil Protection participates in several projects (e.g., STEROPES and ProbeField in frame of the Horizon 2020 EJP SOIL, and WorldSoils). Finally they are also involved in global initiatives like GLOSOLAN, GlobalSoilMap or Global Soil Partnership.

Areas of Interest

The group is interested cooperation in the field of soil proximal and remote sensing as well as digital soil mapping.


Soil laboratories and Institutes from any country are highly welcome to join SoilSpecNet (SSN) or Collaborate with listed SSN labs and institutes by sending an email to [email protected] and [email protected].