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Vision

A world where reliable and freely-available relevant soil information is properly used to address global environmental and social challenges. 

Mission

As the custodian of global soil information we produce, gather, compile and serve quality-assessed soil information together with our partners at global, national and regional levels. We stimulate the use of this information to address global challenges through capacity building, awareness raising and direct cooperation with users and clients.

Our role

We are a service provider to the international science communities, policy communities and the private sector dealing with issues including food production, land and water management, climate change, environmental quality, social justice, land use planning, and biodiversity. We do this by providing quality-assessed soil data and interpreted soil information. We maintain a deep understanding of soil assessment, soil analysis and soil data handling. ISRIC is a science-based organisation, meaning that the approaches and methods we use to build our products are based on sound science. We participate in scientific research in the field of soil measurement, soil mapping, pedometrics and soil information standards, aiming to generate knowledge which we use to innovate our methods. 

ISRIC is an independent foundation by Dutch law. We are based on the campus of Wageningen University and Research (WUR). We have a service level agreement with Wageningen University, formalising operational support. Our presence on the WUR campus provides ample opportunities to set up strategic cooperation projects with WUR research groups. ISRIC funds a special professorship on ‘Pedometrics and Digital Soil Mapping’ at Wageningen University, to stimulate further research in this field.

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