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Division on Soil System Sciences (SSS)

President: Saskia Keesstra,
Deputy President: Antonio Jordán,

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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.


Living in the Soil

The comic living in the soil has been edited by the Regional Galician Council of Culture (Galicia, Spain) and the Galician section of the Spanish Society of Soil Science and coordinated by Dr. Montserrat Diaz Raviña (IIAG-CSIC). It has been published with the aim of making young people aware of soil and the need to protect it. On the occasion of the International Year of Soils (2015), the original Galician version has been adapted and re-edited in Spanish, English and Catalan.

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2016 SSS Awards

Click here to see all SSS Division awards and medals recipients since 2011.

2016 Philippe Duchaufour Medal

Heike Knicker

2016 SSS Division Outstanding Young Scientist Award

Agata Novara

2015 SSS Outstanding Student Poster (OSP) Awards

Sara Beatty

Poster (PDF)

Michael Blaschek

Poster (PDF)

Alfonso Pisabarro

Poster (PDF)

Suzanne Lutfalla

Poster (PDF)

2015 SSS Division Awards

Best Convener

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Lily Pereg

Best Oral Talk

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Johan Bouma
(The Netherlands)

Best Poster

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Nancy Alanís

Best PICO Presentation

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Abraham Mejía-Aguilar

Best Short Course

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Richard M. Lark
(United Kingdom)

Best Flyer

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Juan F. Martínez-Murillo


Soils at Imaggeo: shoot your soil!

Amazing soil pictures? Are you a photoartist? Share your work at Imaggeo, the open-access image repository of EGU.

Lorena M. Zavala (Univ. of Sevilla) holds a soil
aggregate composed of organic matter from a
peatland from the Wicklow Mountains (Ireland)

Soil publications


Solid Earth


Earth Surface Dynamics

Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems


Advances in

Geoscientific Model Development

Hydrology and Earth System Sciences

Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences

Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics

Check also:

Geophysical Research Abstracts


Current issue of the EGU newsletter

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From 17 to 22 April in Vienna, we celebrated an Active Planet at the 2016 EGU General Assembly, the largest and most successful EGU conference to date. The meeting hosted 13,650 scientists from 109 countries, with over 50% of participants being early career scientists (under the age of 35 years). Delegates presented and discussed their science in about 5,000 oral presentations, over 10,000 posters, and almost 1000 PICO presentations. A heartfelt thank you from the EGU to all participants and exhibitors, and all those involved in organising the meeting: conveners, everyone in the EGU Programme Committee and at Copernicus Meetings, as well as the conference assistants and EGU office staff. You can help us improve the conference, both by uploading your presentation and by leaving your feedback to make sure the 2017 General Assembly (23–28 April, Vienna) is even better.

Finally, it is with a heavy heart that we inform EGU members of the passing of our former treasurer Roland Schlich, who died yesterday (28 April) of illness.

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