Working with Soil - Exposing and Describing a Soil Profile

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Event venue: 
The James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, Dundee DD2 5DA, United Kingdom
Event description: 

The ability to expose a representative soil profile and to describe it accurately and consistently are skills that are fundamental to the study of soil in the field. This practical one day course at The James Hutton Institute, Dundee  is the first of three courses covering the foundation skills and teaches you how to:

  • Safely expose a soil profile either by digging a pit or by using a soil auger
  • Consistenly describe a site and a full soil profile using a recognised system of description (including hand texturing, soil colour, structure, consistency, porosity, stone content, free lime and roots/fauna present
  • Interpret soil layers (broad horizon nomenclature), features and materials in terms of soil forming processes and the soil environment

The course is part laboratory and part field based. Working in a small group, you will dig your own pits, be taught each aspect of soil description back in the laboratory and then describe horizons back from your own pit.

Want to find out more about the course? Watch this short video here to see what happens during the training day

You receive a training pack that includes an illustrated course manual with detailed instructions on all aspects of site and soil exposure and description, soil description forms for future use and a hand lens. 

The course also qualifies for CPD points for various professional practice schemes - full details to be added shortly.

Please read our booking Terms & Conditions carefully - see below.

Both this course and An Introduction to Soil Classification  (next course: 3rd - 4th October 2018 at Shuttleworth College, Bedfordshire) make up part of our Foundation Skills series.

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NEXT COURSE IS SPRING 2019.   Please click here if you would like to be notified when we have full details.