Working With Soil - An Introduction to Soil Classification: POSTPONED

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 to Thursday, May 21, 2020
Event venue: 
The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, AB15 8QH, Scotland
Event description: 



This two day training course - taking place at  The James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen  - offers a unique opportunity to build your confidence and precision in characterising and describing the soil beneath your feet, by teaching the general principles of soil classification with a particular focus on the World Reference Base system.

This course is for you if you are:

  • a soil scientist and want to improve or refresh your skills and knowledge of soil classification to help you understand soil processes at a landscape, farm or field plot scale
  • a research student and need to characterise the soils at your research sites and place these in a global context
  • an environmental or planning consultant carrying out Agricultural Land Classification, Environmental Impact Assessment studies or producing Environmental Statements and need a better understanding of the soil information encapsulated in soil classification schemes and soil survey reports and maps.
  • an agronomist, ecologist, biologist, hydrologist or geographer and want to understand the soil information encapsulated in national soil survey publications and maps and its relevance to your specialism.

By the end of this two day course, you will have learnt:

  • how different soil classifications are structured and designed
  • how soil characteristics are used to identify key diagnostic features used in soil classifications.
  • how key diagnostic features relate to soil processes and functions.
  • how to classify a UK soil using the internationally recognized World Reference Base.
  • how national UK soil classifications relate to the World Reference Base as used in the Soil Atlas of Europe and similar publications for Africa and South America

As well as taught sessions, you will go out in the field to work on a range of real soils and will receive a detailed, comprehensive course book.

The course qualifies for CPD points with BASIS (details to follow) so please ensure you have your BASIS account number with you and complete the Record of Attendance on the day.


IMPORTANT: Whilst there are no formal prerequisites for this course you should be familiar with soil profile description (e.g. recognising different soil horizons) and key soil properties (e.g. texture, colour).  

If you are not experienced in the examination and description of basic soil profiles, you would benefit from attending our one day Exposing and Describing a Soil Profile  (or a similar course) before attending this one.