Partenariat mondial sur les sols

Global Black Soil Map online training session

In the framework of the International Network on Black Soils, a training session is being organized from 9 to 11 December 2020, from 12:00 to 15:00 pm CET. The training session is organized along the indications provided in the guidelines. 


The INBS of GSP organized a training session From 9 to 11 December 2020  in order to create the Global Black Soil map following the indications provided in the guidelines “Technical specifications and country guidelines for Global Black Soil Map”.


You have to download  these files. The first one contains input data and R scripts, and the second the environmental covariates downloaded from



December 9th.

  • Introduction to Digital soil mapping
  • Mapping Black Soils: definitions and issues
  • Brief introduction to R packages: tidyverse, sf, raster and mapview
  • Preprocessing: from soil profile data to occurrence of black soils (classification)
  • Questions

December 10th.

  • Environmental covariates: sources and processing
  • Intersecting points and covariates. Why we need to do it?
  • Introduction to caret and randomForest packages
  • Questions

December 11th.

  • Issues and solutions of class imbalances
  • Modelling, validation and prediction: some concepts
  • Analysis of results
  • Questions, presentation of other study cases


  • Dr. Marcos Angelini
  • Dr. Yusuf Yigini
  • Dr. Yuxin Tong (assistant)


44 participants from 19 member countries of the INBS attended the training.

09 Dec 2020
- 11 Dec 2020