Soil System Sciences

Welcome to G-Soil!

The G-Soil team would like to begin by welcoming you to G-Soil. G-Soil is the official blog of the Soil System Sciences Division of the EGU and is a means of communication for all those interested in soil science and related areas. We hope you enjoy the blog as much as we enjoy the soil under our feet.

Young soil developed over limestone in semiarid Mediterranean conditions. Photo by J. Mataix-Solera. Click to see the original picture at Imaggeo.

Soil is the interface between the crust and atmosphere, and is the basis of life on Earth.  The impact of Soil Science on society has probably never been higher than it is today. However, despite all this and the large number of professionals in charge of its management, the intricacies of soil are largely an unknown entity to the general public. This blog will try to discuss, promote and enhance the understanding of information and research results generated by soil scientists.

Terra rossa (Algarve, Portugal). Click to see the original picture at Imaggeo.

Discussion on G-Soil posts is expected to help soil scientists in the dissemination of their ideas and knowledge. Therefore, this blog is multi-authored. The regular team of G-Soilers is formed by Antonio Jordán (Univ. of Seville, Sevilla, Spain), Jessica Drake (Australian National Univ., Acton, ACT, Australia), Lorena M. Zavala (Univ. of Seville, Sevilla, Spain), Paulo Pereira (Mykolas Romeris Univ., Vilnius, Lithuania) and Marc Oliva (Univ. of Lisbon, Portugal).

We intend this blog to be a means of open communication delivered by the Soil Science community and hope our contributors will continue to grow. So, the G-Soil team invites you to participate in the blog by sharing your impressions and ideas, as well as disseminating your research results, projects and publications in a way that can be understood by a wide audience, who may not be soil science specialists.

If you would like to contribute to G-Soil, please contact Antonio. In the meantime, enjoy all the benefits soil science has to offer!

Soil balls made by students for assessing soil texture by hand. Click to see the original picture at Imaggeo.

Antonio Jordán is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Seville and coordinator of the MED Soil Research Group. Antonio’s research focusses on rainfall-induced soil erosion processes, the effects of wildfires on soil properties and soil degradation in Mediterranean areas. He is an active members of the Soil System Sciences (SSS) Division of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), which coordinates the scientific programme on soil sciences.