Global Soil Partnership


French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development

A French public research institution, IRD supports an original model of equitable scientific partnership and interdisciplinary, citizen, sustainability science committed to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Contact(s):  Cécile Gomez, BARTHES Bernard Barthes, Aurélie Cambou, Tiphaine Chevallier and Patricia Moulin

Laboratory Capacity

Vis-NIR and MIR soil spectroscopy are the group's main domain of expertise. These French scientists are part of several research laboratories, which all use Vis-NIR and MIR spectroscopy forstudying soils in laboratory or field conditions: LISAH which also develops work in digital soil mapping and remote sensing; Eco&Sols which has strong expertise in soil carbon and ecology; and IMAGO dedicated to the characterization of soil physico-chemical properties.

The group has at their disposal lab and field Vis-NIR-SWIR and MIR spectrometers. They also have experience in spectroscopy measurements, chemometrics and machine learning. We develop regression models based on local to national spectral libraries, for a large range of physicochemical soil properties over the world, thanks to their experience and partnership with countries in the Mediterranean and intertropical zone.

Areas of Interest

The group is interested in collaborations through joint project applications, publications, supervision of MSc and PhD students and postdocs, hosting guest researchers as well as training (course in Vis-NIRSWIR and MIR).


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].