WORLDSOILS – CUP4SOIL collaboration

Actions have been taken to disseminate the achievements of both projects. The objectives, activities and results of the projects have been shared with the soil carbon stakeholder community in the following event:

  • CUP4SOIL and WORLDSOILS were presented by Uta Heiden (DLR) on February 22, 2024, during the 1st workshop of the “Copernicus Network Office Soil ” of the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) in Hanover.

Based on soil health indicators demanded by stakeholders, the presentation provides an overview about the main objectives of the two projects WORLDSOILS and CUP4SOIL, provided first results regarding the user requirement survey, the European-wide soil information products and well as about accuracy and validation activities. It also provides examples of data products based on  Sentinel-2 data such as soil reflectance composites, the cover frequency of soils and the vegetation dynamic on a high spatial resolution (20 m). In the future, more physical soil parameters will be generated such as soil organic carbon content, texture, pH values, etc. using digital soil modelling approaches. The presentation is accessible here.

Both projects have sponsored the ESA symposium on Earth observation for soil protection and restoration, held in Frascati on the 6th and 7th of March 2024. For WORLDSOILS, the symposium will be the final event to present and evaluate the developed monitoring system for soil organic carbon prediction over bare and permanently covered soils, and the lessons learnt from validation case studies in Wallonia, the Czech Republic and Central Macedonia. Likewise, CUP4SOIL will host the session prospecting new soil monitoring products within the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (CLMS). It starts with a keynote from the European Environmental Agency about Copernicus Land Monitoring Service that can include soil products in the future. During the session, ISRIC presents the results of the user requirement survey for future soil products in the CLMS to learn more about the soil observation needs across the soil stakeholder community. You can still provide your contributions to the survey here.