Soil System Sciences

Soil System Sciences

Open call for scientific sessions (EGU 2014) and more from the Soil System Sciences Division

EGU flags at the 2013 General Assembly (Credit: Sue Voice). Original image:

From April 27th to May 2nd 2014 the EGU 2014 will be held in Vienna. See here more information

The Scientific sessions that will be held in Vienna are being uploaded now, and they will be reviewed and approved in the next council meeting of the EGU (Munich, October 10-12th 2013).

The Soil System Sciences Division wish to organize a program that will be diverse, scientifically sound and profitable for the attendees. And you can contribute to this purpose.

Until September 13th you are invited to propose scientific sessions, but please, check the 92 sessions already submitted (click here).

The accepted session will be published in October, and you will have the chance to upload your abstracts until January 16th 2014 (November 29th 2013 for support applications. Click here for more information.

The SSS Division also offer you the chance to publish in our newsletter and blog: This is a great opportunity to disseminate your research topic and findings.

If you have any doubt about the session proposal or if you wish to collaborate with the SSS you can contact the president of the SSSD at or


This post was also published simultaneously in G-Soil.

Soils at Imaggeo: Sand dunes at the east shore of Lake Michigan, USA

Simon Schneider, R&D Programme GEOTECHNOLOGIEN , Potsdam – Germany

Sand dunes at the east shore of Lake Michigan, USA, by Simon Schneider. Click to see the original picture at Imaggeo.

The coastal sand dunes along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan make up the largest collection of freshwater coastal dunes in the world.
They provide valuable information that will help to manage and protect them and yields important insights into both the development of coastal dunes in general and climate change in Michigan over the last 5000 years.
The picture has been taken during an field trip associated to the National Workshop on Interpretation by the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) in 2004 in Van Buren State Park, Michigan, USA.

This post was also published simultaneously in G-Soil.

Upcoming EGU elections

Photo by Sue Voice.

The EGU Election Autumn 2013 for the next EGU President/Vice-President and General Secretary will take place between 01 November – 01 December 2013.

You are kindly asked to propose a candidate to any vacancy by 30 September 2013. You are welcome and encouraged to nominate yourself. If you are nominating someone else, please get the candidate’s consent. Please have the information listed in the application form as well as a photograph available when you summit the application.

The elected president will be inaugurated as President-Elect (Vice-President) for one year term (2014-2015) during the plenary meeting of the next EGU General Assembly 2014. He/She will then serve as the Union President during two years (2015-2017) starting from the plenary meeting of the EGU General Assembly. Lastly, he/she will serve as the Past-President (Vice-President) for one more year (2017-2018).

The EGU General Secretary will be elected for two years (2014-2016). He/She will be inaugurated during the plenary meeting of the next EGU General Assembly 2014.


This post was originally published in G-Soil.

Soils at Imaggeo: Pores in ‘heart-shaped’ pyrite aggregate in clay

Susanne Hemes (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)

Pores in ‘heart-sh, by aped’ pyrite aggregate in clay, by Susanne Hemes. Click to see the original picture at Imaggeo.

The image was taken using a ‘Zeiss – Supra55’ Scanning Electron Microscope at 15,000x magnification and 10kV electron acceleration voltage, as part of my PhD work on the porosity in fine- and coarse-grained Boom Clay samples. The picture shows pores in framboidal pyrite aggregates, embedded in a fine-grained clay matrix. Boom Clay is being considered as a potential host rock material for the deep geological disposal of radioactive waste in Belgium and the Netherlands and therefore the detailed characterization of its pore space is of wider importance.

This post was originally published simultaneously in G-Soil.