Symposium on Earth observation for soil protection and restoration

On the 5th of July 2023, the European Commission published the Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on Soil Monitoring and Resilience (Soil Monitoring Law).

ESA Symposium on Earth observation for soil protection and restoration is a broad call to the international and EU soil community working in the soil science-policy framework to achieve climate neutrality, a clean and circular economy, revert biodiversity loss, safeguard human health, halt desertification, and revert land degradation.


The Symposium seeks the following objectives:

  1. To frame the usability of Earth observation technologies for soil protection and restauration requirements targeted by international and EU related policies, including monitoring, reporting and verification.
  2. To present/evaluate the WORLDSOILS Soil Organic Carbon Monitoring System for SOC prediction over bare and permanently covered soils, and the lessons learnt from validation case studies.
  3. To gather evolution requirements of EO based soil monitoring systems and options for sustained operations.
  4. To showcase the capacity of satellite remote sensing, alone or combined,  for monitoring, validating, reporting or verifying of other specific soil components (Abstracts submitted)


The registration for participation will be opened in September 2023.  The Symposium sessions will include oral presentations (on invitation), discussion rounds and a poster display.

Prepare your Abstract Submission on any of the following Key topics:

  1. Soil policy scenarios and Earth Observation
  2. Monitoring soil parameters: EO as a trustworthy technique.
  3. EU soil policy and carbon certification entities to the light of edge technologies
  4. Soil Research, industry, and technology
  5. Soil Organic Carbon Monitoring: data sources, prediction algorithms, handling uncertainties,
  6. Advanced satellite instrumentation for soil health  
  7. Soil data and methodologies. Scaling up soil health through AI, geo-statistics, spectroscopy, machine learning and other technologies.
  8. Contributions for a Copernicus soil monitoring service portfolio       
  9. Remote Sensing of soils, validation methods for agro-policies
  10. Leveraging technical integrations and soil business models for carbon certification 
  11. Show-casing potential soil carbon removals in various LULC, in the short and long terms.