Global Soil Partnership

Capacity development

GLOSOLAN is actively working to strengthen the analytical capacity of soil laboratories worldwide by organizing training sessions. 

Thanks to the support of international high-level experts, several online trainings on different topics related to soil analysis are currently under preparation. The trainings will be implemented in different languages and time zones, according to the trainer's availability, in order to allow a larger audience to attend the sessions. 

In particular, the topics listed below will be object of  GLOSOLAN training sessions for 2021:

  • Wet chemistry
  • Dry chemistry (spectroscopy)
  • Health and Safety
  • Equipment purchasing
  • Quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC)
  • Laboratory management

Trainings on wet chemistry

Trainings on wet chemistry focus on the implementation of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) harmonized by GLOSOLAN and the technical manuals released by the network since its establishment in 2017. Training topics range from the preparation of the soil samples for analysis to health and safety, and the procurement, functioning and maintenance of laboratory equipment.

GLOSOLAN's top-experts on each topic will guide participants through the execution of each GLOSOLAN procedure with the support audio visual material where available. GLOSOLAN partners from the industry will be invited to answer participants questions on equipment functioning and maintenance. 

Participants will have the chance to interact with the lecturers by asking questions and by reporting real case examples from their laboratory.

Training list for wet chemistry

SESSION 1: Webinar on the determination of soil phosphorous by Olsen method/Seminario sobre la determinación del fósforo del suelo por el método Olsen

15 October 2021 | 16:00 CEST | Language of the training: Spanish

Guest speaker: Jorge D. Etchevers and Claudia Hidalgo, Members of the scientific staff of the Laboratorio de Fertilidad de Suelos y Química Ambiental at Colegio de Postgraduados in Montecillo, Mexico

Biography:  J. D. Etchevers is a Ph. D. who graduated from North Dakota State University with more than 50 years of experience in soil chemical analyses.  He has worked in several Latin-American countries and in the USA. He has accomplished sabbatical years and short-term stages in various European countries. He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Science, Professor Emeritus of the Colegio de Postgraduados, and National Researcher Emeritus of the Mexican National System of Researchers. Dr. Etchevers has received numerous recognitions from the State of Mexico and professional and scientific societies of the continent. The soil analytical laboratory under his direction performs traditional soil chemical routines for evaluating soil fertility and, in addition, conducts research employing X rays, chromatographic (liquid and gas), potentiometric, TEM, and SEM microscopy techniques, among others.

Biography: Claudia Hidalgo is Dr. of Science who graduated from the Université de Nancy, France, with more than 30 years of experience in soil science, particularly in analytical chemistry and clay minerals. She has spent a sabbatical year in Spain and short-term stances in Europe and Latin American countries. She is a Full Professor of Soil Science at the Colegio de Postgraduados, Mexico, and a Mexican Soil Science Society member. Dr. Hidalgo is also a member of the Mexican National System of Researchers. Her main interest is in soil chemistry, particularly soil carbon and organic matter analysis, and the interaction of both with the inorganic clay minerals. She was responsible of the soil analytical facility at her institution for several years and has been an essential part of the Mexican soil analytical quality control program. In addition to her knowledge of soil analytical determinations, she operates the X-ray section, IR spectroscopy (MIR, NIR) and the automatized carbon and nitrogen facilities at the Colegio de Postgraduados soil fertility laboratory.

Abstract: This webinar presents how to measure soil phosphorous by Olsen method, following the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) harmonized by GLOSOLAN in 2021. The lecturers will provide an insight of the procedure, describing each step of the measurement, from sample preparation to quality assurance and control, focusing also on the health and safety measures. Participants will have the chance to raise questions and directly interact with the speakers in a Q&A session at the end of the presentation.

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Trainings on dry chemistry (spectroscopy)

Soil spectroscopy can change the course of soils’ future and keep soils healthy. Soil spectroscopy can help countries to understand soil conditions, improve agricultural productivity and reverse land degradation. It can also improve soil assessment, mapping and monitoring and finally support scientists and governments in the decision-making process. Read more

What is soil spectroscopy?

What is soil spectroscopy?

Spectroscopy is the study of the interaction between matter and electromagnetic radiation and is based on the principle that molecular vibrations and electronic transitions associated with soil constituents absorb light while interacting with radiation. Soil spectroscopy is a fast, cost-effective, and environmental-friendly technique that can be used to characterize the chemical, physical and biological components of soil such as soil organic carbon, soil texture, etc. These determine the health and usability of soils.

What is this webinar series about?

What is this webinar series about?

Following the launch of the GLOSOLAN Soil Spectroscopy Initiative on Earth Day on 21 April 2020, the first plenary meeting on spectroscopy was held in a virtual setting on 23-25 September 2020. Over 340 participants from 63 countries attended and for the first time since the discovery of this technology, institutions, and experts from around the world decided to join efforts and use soil spectroscopy to support decision making on soil protection globally.

The GLOSOLAN initiative on soil spectroscopy will focus on a national capacity development programme. This includes trainings on national and regional soil spectral laboratories building and the development of national and regional soil spectral libraries with their estimation service, and the provision of advisory services on suitable instrumentation.

Why should I join this webinar series and who can join?

Why should I join this webinar series and who can join?

Spectral technology enables soil analysis at scales that can support local to global digital soil mapping and precision agriculture, reducing the cost of soil testing services for different users such as farmers and researchers. It will also assist the data-based policy development as well as soil monitoring for climate change adaptation and mitigation.

These webinars are firstly addressed to GLOSOLAN partners, soil researchers, soil laboratories, agricultural and environmental related agencies, etc. However, anybody interested in this technology and willing to support the global fight for healthy soils is invited to join!

What will I learn?

What will I learn?

This first series of webinars will feature leading and well-known soil scientists specialized in soil spectroscopy. They will present the basic mechanisms of soil spectroscopy to all interested stakeholders. They will also share their knowledge and experiences on the building of soil spectral libraries related to agriculture and environmental applications.

How will each webinar be structured?

How will each webinar be structured?

Each webinar session will last 1 hour. Each speaker will give a presentation of 30-45 minutes followed by a Q&A session. 

Will I receive a certificate?

Will I receive a certificate?

A certificate of participation will be issued upon attendance of each webinar!

Will GLOSOLAN organize more webinars like this?

Will GLOSOLAN organize more webinars like this?

Yes! These webinars are just the beginning of GLOSOLAN's country capacity development workshops. So, stay tuned as more subjects and topics of interest will be covered in the next months, including webinar in different languages (e.g., Spanish, French, etc.).

Training list for dry chemistry

SESSION 1: An Introduction to Soil Spectroscopy

Monday, 6 September 2021 | 15:00 CET

Guest speaker: Bo Stenberg

Biography: Bo Stenberg is an associate professor in soil science from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He is the research leader at 'Precision Agriculture and Pedometrics', Department of Soil and Environment. His research interests focus on digital soil mapping and variable rate fertilizer application in precision agriculture system, farm soil mapping, proximal soil sensing, diffuse near infrared spectroscopy for soil analysis, three dimensional soil mapping.

Abstract: This webinar reviews the basic mechanisms for soil visible–near infrared (vis–NIR) spectroscopy. It also provides information on applications related to precision agriculture and the use of large regional soil spectral libraries for estimating small scale variations.

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SESSION 2: Soil Spectroscopy for accurate measurement of soil physical and chemical soil properties

Thursday, 16 September 2021 | 09:00 CET 

Guest speaker: Budiman Minasny

Biography: Budiman Minasny is a professor in soil-landscape modelling at the University of Sydney. He is the theme leader of soil, carbon, and water at Sydney Institute of Agriculture. He is a soil scientist, previously awarded the QEII and the Future Fellowships from the Australian Research Council. He is recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher in 2019 by the Web of Science. He is passionate about the role of soil in managing climate change, food, water, energy security, and maintaining biodiversity. 

Abstract: This webinar presents how soil spectroscopy can characterize extensive different soil physical and chemical soil properties.

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SESSION 3: A future for soil spectral inference

Thursday, 23 September 2021 | 08:00 CET

Guest speaker: Alex McBratney

Biography: Alex McBratney is a world-leading soil scientist who conceived and developed pedometrics, digital soil mapping and soil security, radically strengthening the knowledge base of soil science. He established new theory and empirical models of soil variation in landscapes and developed their applications. His contributions have revolutionised the availability of soil information and led to improved agricultural practices with reduced environmental impacts and enhanced security of the world’s soil. 

Abstract: This webinar will present the definition and role of soil spectroscopy for laboratory as well as field measurement and will speculate on possible novel approaches.

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SESSION 4: The Brazilian Soil Spectral Library Experience from scientific to society services

Monday, 4 October 2021 | 15:00 CET

Guest speaker: José Alexandre M. Demattê

Biography: Dr. José A. M. Demattê is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Soil Science, Luiz de Queiroz College of Agriculture, University of São Paulo, Brazil. He has basic formation in Pedology with a carrier in Remote Sensing Applied to Soils in last 30 years. He has extensive experience from the research world to practice in the field, agriculture industry, soil management, mapping, precision agriculture, soil tillage, productivity systems and soil laboratories. Thanks to his wide experience he can bridge the real issues with the academic thinking. Currently, he leads the Brazilian Soil Spectral Library, the Brazilian Program on Soil Analysis via Spectroscopy. He is also member of the working group of the Pronasolos Brazilian Soil Mapping and MapBioma Programs.

Abstract: This webinar presents the 25 years’ experience on constructing the Brazilian Soil Spectral Library, from scientific research purposes to the development of free estimation online service of soil analysis.

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SESSION 5: Characterization of soil properties using French national Vis-NIR and MIR spectral libraries

Thursday, 14 October 2021 | 14:00 CET

Guest speaker: Cecile Gomez

Biography: Dr Cécile Gomez is involved in research dealing with Vis-NIR-SWIR (400 – 2500 nm) lab, field and remote sensing imagery for soil sciences studies. She has now around 12 year experience in lab and field soil spectroscopy, and in imaging spectroscopy (airborne and satellite supports) for extraction of physico-chemical soil properties.  She was and is currently P.I. and Co‐P.I. in national research projects and contributes to the definition of the French hyperspectral satellite (HYSP). She is a French Research Scientist at IRD (French Research Institute for Substainable Development) since 2007. She is currently associated with the Indo-French Cell for Water Sciences at IISc Bangalore (India). 

Abstract: This webinar will present the national soil collection provided by the French national soil quality monitoring network. Based on this national database, several researches have been conducted for 10 years to highlight the potentials and issues of such national spectral databases.

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SESSION 6: Measuring reflectance of undisturbed soil surface in the field under laboratory quality: A protocol to assess soil properties that are sensitive to the soil sealing phenomenon

Thursday, 28 October 2021 | 15:00 CET

Guest speaker: Eyal Ben-Dor

Biography: Prof. Eyal Ben-Dor is the Head of the Remote Sensing Laboratory at Tel Aviv University (RSL-TAU), the leading group in Israel for imaging spectroscopy (IS), soil spectroscopy and remote sensing applications dedicated to soil mapping and environmental monitoring. The RSL people are experts in field and airborne campaigns at national and international levels and have gained significant experience in many different projects.

Abstract: This webinar will cover a new developed device for measuring surface reflectance in the field to fill the gap between laboratory and field spectral measurements of the soil surface.

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If you intend to participate in the webinar(s), please register using the above links. Upon registration, you will receive an automatic reply providing you with personal username and passcode to access the session which you registered for.

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Trainings on health and safety

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Training list for health and safety

SESSION 1: GLOSOLAN training on laboratory's health and safety

26 October 2021 | 11:00 CEST | Language of the training: English

Guest speaker: Hanane Aroui (IRD, France), Mojgan Yeganeh (SWRI, Iran) and Nopmanee Suvannang (GLOSOLAN Chair, Thailand)

Biography: Hanane Aroui is a Soil scientist physicist in charge of the physical properties of soils and lab manager. She studied civil engineering, geophysics and geology, and since 2014 she works as an engineer in IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement). She works with networks of soil physics laboratories to harmonize methods, measurements and indicators for sustainable management and protection of soil resources (SoPhie). She supported the harmonization of soil physical parameters of GLOSOLAN, and in 2020 she served as trainer on health and safety during the meetings of the Regional Soil Laboratory Networks (RESOLANs). Mojgan Yeganeh is an Assistant Professor of Soil Physics and pollution at the Soil and Water Research Institute (SWRI). She currently works in the Soil and Water Research Institute (SWRI) of Iran, as Assistant Professor, at the Department of Soil Laboratories. Her main field of interest is ecological and human health risk assessment. Mojgan studied soil science, Bachelor (Tehran university), Master and PhD (Isfahan University of Technology). Her major in master and PhD was soil physics and pollution. Nopmanee Suvannang obtained a M.Sc. in Soil Science at Kasetsart University, Thailand. She made all her career since 1980 at the Land Development Department, (LDD, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Thailand) as a soil chemist at the central laboratory and then as the Director of Soil Technical Service Section of the Office of Science for Land Development. Finally she was selected as an LDD Expert (Soil Chemistry), the position she had when she retired in 2016.  Since 2013 she worked tirelessly to organize and animate trainings about improving the soil laboratory data quality and comparability for the Asian region, and to join FAO meetings worldwide to promote the development of national and international soil laboratory networks. She has also been actively working on the development of GLOSOLAN standard operating procedures and their adoption by routine as well as quality control and research laboratories.

Abstract: The aim of this webinar is to generate awareness and build the capacity of laboratory technicians and managers to assess and prevent risks related to the use of equipment and reagents in soil analysis. The lecturers will brief participants on the health and safety measures to adopt in the laboratory, highlighting good laboratory practices and bringing practical examples. Participants will have the chance to raise questions and directly interact with the speakers in a Q&A session at the end of the presentation.

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Trainings on equipment purchasing

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Trainings on laboratory management

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