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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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2015 SSS Awards

2015 Philippe Duchaufour Medal

Ingrid Kögel-Knabner

2015 Division Outstanding Young Scientists Award

Paulo Pereira

2014 SSS Outstanding Student Poster (OSP) Awards

Roman Hüppi

Poster (PDF)

Dácil Unzué Belmonte

Poster (PDF)

Pauline Fanguin

Poster (PDF)

Christine Brings

Poster (PDF)



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

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Geophysical Research Abstracts


Current issue of the EGU newsletter

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The abstracts are in! Over 16,500 abstracts were submitted to the EGU 2016 General Assembly, more than ever before. With excellent and diverse research being presented in Vienna (17–22 April), it promises to be a great conference. Make sure to register by 17 March for discounted rates.

If this is the first time you are attending Europe's largest geoscience conference, have a look at our first timer's guide to the EGU General Assembly to get your bearings in Vienna. For a chance to get a free registration for next year's conference, submit your pictures to the 2016 Imaggeo Photo Contest. If you are an early career scientist (ECS), you can also enter the Communicate your Science Video Competition.

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