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Division on Soil System Sciences (SSS)

President: Saskia Keesstra,
Deputy President: Antonio Jordán,


Soil is the interface between the crust and atmosphere, and is the basis of life on earth.  The impact of Soil Science to the society has probably never been as high as it is currently. The importance of soils in the Earth System must make us, the soil scientists, more noticeable at the EGU.

The aim of the SSS is to coordinate the EGU scientific programme on Soil Science and related activities. The SSS contributes actively with EGU by promoting scientific interchange and dissemination of activity carried out by members.

Access the SSS programme at EGU2014

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2014 Division Awards & Medals

2014 Division Awards & Medals
Philippe Duchaufour Medal

The 2014 Philippe Duchaufour Medal is awarded to Johan Six for his fundamental contributions to soil science through studies of biogeochemical cycling, aggregatGe and soil organic matter dynamics.
Division Outstanding Young Scientists Award

The 2014 Division Outstanding Young Scientists Award is awarded to Markus Steffens for important contributions to soil science, particularly the estimation of horizontal and vertical heterogeneity in soils.

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Meet the SSS Division at:

G-Soil at the EGU Blog Network
G-Soil at Wordpress


Soils at Imaggeo: shoot your soil!

Soil scientists are strongly encouraged to submit photos to Imaggeo, the open-access image repository of EGU.

SOIL launched at 2014 European Geosciences Union Meeting

The European Geosciences Union launched a new journal, SOIL, during their annual meeting in Vienna. SOIL is an international scientific journal dedicated to the publication of high-quality research in the soil system sciences. The journal especially values papers that go beyond disciplinary boundaries and/or highlight the interactions and feedbacks between the soil system and other Earth system components. SOIL is open access, uses an open and transparent review process and publication fees will be waived for the first two years. Additional information can be found and articles can be submitted at the journal's website.

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Current issue of the EGU newsletter

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Earlier this month, the EGU, through its Seismology and Natural Hazards Divisions, issued an information briefing about the recent Nepal earthquakes. The text, written for the broad geoscience community, summarises the earthquake processes, highlights new research directions for hazards in the region, and provides resources for post-earthquake hazard mapping and risk reduction.

In other news, the EGU has launched the call for proposals for EGU co-sponsored meetings. Further, the Union has signed a joint agreement with AGU, AOGS and JpGU, aimed at strengthening future collaboration to better serve the geoscience community around the world. Last but not the least, on 18 June, our journals received their new impact factors, while Earth Surface Dynamics was indexed in Web of Science for the first time (following Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems indexed last month). Follow the links below to find out more.

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