Soil System Sciences


Soil System Science Division Blog

Soils are key to the functioning of the Earth system and provide the food and fibre supply for humankind. The importance of soils to both people and the environment makes soil scientists and their research fundamental to society. Here, we bring soil science into the public eye, detailing the latest research in the field, straight from the scientists!

The aim of the SSS blog is to:

  • Promote SSS-EGU activities.
  • Promote communication and scientific interchange among world-wide soil scientists.
  • Provide a forum for dissemination of information and soil-related activities.

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The editors

Antonio Jordán

kk3Antonio coordinates the Soil System Science blog and works in the Department of Crystallography, Mineralogy and Agricultural Chemistry at the University of Seville (Spain). He is head of the MED_Soil Research Group. His research includes the study of rainfall-induced soil erosion processes, the impact of wildfires on soil properties and soil degradation in Mediterranean areas. Currently, he is Deputy President of the Soil System Sciences Division of the European Geosciences Union. Antonio is editor in chief of the  Journal of Agricultural Science and Applications and member of the editorial board of Solid Earth, SOIL and the Open Journal of Soil Science.


Paulo Pereira

10296083_10152465320334797_3798239908806276444_oPaulo is a full professor at the Mykolas Romeris University (Vilnius, Lithuania) and Head of the Environmental Management Centre. His research and teaching interests include spatial statistics, environmental modelling, environmental impact assessment, land use management and fire effects on soils, but his main research focuses on ash properties and its impacts on soils. Paulo is also a member of the editorial board of Solid EarthGeoderma, Journal Visnyk, Geology, Revista de Climatologia and Flamma.


Lorena M. Zavala

293308_origLorena works in the Department of Crystallography, Mineralogy and Agricultural Chemistry at the University of Seville, and is a member of the MED_Soil Research Group. Her main research focuses on the study of physical degradation of Mediterranean soils, soil water repellency and restoration of fire-affected soils. Currently, she is Head  of the Spanish Network on the Effects of Wildfires on Soils (FUEGORED) and member of the editorial board of Land Degradation & Development.


The Soil System Sciences Division

The Soil System Sciences (SSS) Division of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) coordinates the scientific programme on Soil Science and related activities. It contributes actively with EGU by promoting scientific interchange and dissemination of activity carried out by members.

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is the leading organisation for Earth, planetary and space science research in Europe. With partner organisations worldwide, EGU fosters fundamental geoscience research, alongside applied research that addresses key societal and environmental challenges. EGU’s vision is to realise a sustainable and just future for humanity and for the planet. 

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The opinions expressed in the blog are those of the authors, whose views may differ from those of the European Geosciences Union.