Saturday, 15 July 2006

WRB activities 2002-2006.

Erika Micheli, Szent Istvan University, Soil Science and Agrochemistry Department, Pater K. u. 1., Godollo, 2103, Hungary, Otto Spaargaren, ISRIC, Soil, Wageningen, Netherlands, and Peter Schad, Lehrstuhl für Bodenkunde (Soil Science), Department of Ecology, Technische Universität München, Am Hochanger 2, 85350 Freising-Weihenstephan, 85350, Germany.

The poster reports on the activities of the Working Group WRB (World Reference Base for Soil Resources) in the period between the 2002 WCSS in Bangkok and the 2006 WCSS in Philadelphia.

The activities included: Maintaining Newsletters that are sent electronically to WRB members, and maintaining WRB Discussion Sit. WRB translations: WRB is now published in 10 international languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Lithuanian, Japanese, Romanian and Vietnamese and Polish. Chinese, Hungarian, Arabic ready to be published. Three European Summer School on Soil Survey (supported by the JRC,EC). In all three the WRB was in focus and the WRB task forces conducted most of the teaching and field exercises.

WRB Meetings, Correlation tours: WRB Course and fieldtrip, Mexico, Dec, 2002 WRB Correlation Tour, South Africa and Namibia, 2003 Conference and Field Trip Paleosols Florence, Italy, 2004 The International Conference on Soil Classification 2004, Petrozavodsk, Russia Eastern and Southern African Soil Correlation (EASCO) Workshop and Tour, Tanzania and Kenya, 2005

The WRB and the IUSS Congress in Philadelphia 2006: As a result of discussions with WCSS organizers and officers of the Soil Science Society of America it was agreed that both ST and WRB will be used on the soils tours of the 18th WCSS. The poster will present the impacts and conclusions of the activities. Pictures and program details will illustrate the activities.

The most important achievement of the reported period is the 2nd edition, “the WRB 2006” is based on all experiences listed above, and will be presented in an oral and in an other poster paper of the symposium of “New developments in the World Reference Base for Soil Resources”.

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