World Soil Day 2020

  • Marking World Soil Day on December 5th 2020
  • Supporting the SDG 15 'Life on Earth'
  • Read research published to help solve global grand challenges

Soil Science - Research for Future Generations

In support of World Soil Day, we invite you to read expert blogs by Professors Alfred Hartemink and Zhihong Xu and selected journal articles and book chapters in Soil Science. Free access offered through January 3rd, 2021.

The publication of Soil Science at Springer is coordinated by Dr. Sherestha Saini (journals) and Dr. Robert K. Doe (books) together with a team of other environmental science publishing editors. Feel free to contact us if you are working on Soil Science and interested in publishing or editing a book or journal article collection or having questions about book and journal publishing at Springer.

World Soil Day 2020 - Keep soil alive, protect biodiversity

Alfred Hartemink © SpringerWorld Soils Book Series © SpringerA blog contributed by Dr. Alfred Hartemink, Professor and Chair of the Department of Soil Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is Series Editor of World Soils Book Series & Progress in Soil Science

"The soil is a living system. Underneath our feet, is a world ruled by small and microscopic life turning over organic matter, minerals and elements. The fabric of soil is made by billions of creatures that labor day and night, every season, and all across the terrestrial earth. Their homes are our soils. They create a soil fabric that is a dynamic, complex and vital for humankind...." Continue reading

Climate-Smart Soil Management

Zhihong Xu portrait © Springer© SpringerA blog written by Dr. Zhihong Xu, Professor of Soil-Plant System in School of Environment and Science, and Director of Environmental Futures Research Institute at Griffith University. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Soils and Sediments.

"On this World Soil Day, soil security and productivity are attracting global attention and spotlight, in the context of global food security and climate change. By 2050, the global demand for food will increase more than 60% above the current situation, which is driven by global population increase and demographic change as well as increasing global wealth...." Continue reading 

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Amplifying Black Voices

The convenient narratives that perpetuate racism (part 1) by Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry at University of California, Merced.

Amplifying Black Voices

The convenient narratives that perpetuate racism (part 2) by Dr. Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry at University of California, Merced.