Submitted by admin on March 10, 2011 - 17:38


East Asia node:

Gan-Lin Zhang (Node leader)

: Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISSAS), 71 Beijingdonglu, Nanjing 210008, China

Suk-Young Hong (Scientific coordinator)

: National Academy of Agricultural Science, RDA South Korea

EurAsia node:

Luca Montanarella (Node leader)

: European Commission - DG JRC, Via E. Fermi 1, I-21027 Ispra (VA), Italy

Endre Dobos (Scientific coordinator)

: Univeristy of Miskolc, Hungary

Latin America & Caribbean node:

Maria de Lourdes Mendonça Santos (Node leader)

: Embrapa, National Center of Soil Research - Embrapa Solos, Rua Jardim Botânico, 1024, CEP 22.460-000, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rodrigo Ortega Blu (Scientific coordinator)

: USM Campus Av. Santa María 6400, Edif. A, Santiago Vitacura, Chile

North America node:

Jonathan W. Hempel (Node leader)

: National Soil Survey Center, 100 Centennial Mall North, Lincoln, NE 68508 USA

James A. Thompson (Scientific coordinator)

: Geospatial Research Unit, West Virginia University, PO Box 6108 Morgantown, WV 26506-6108 USA 

Oceania node:

Neil McKenzie (Node leader

: CSIRO Land & Water GPO Box 1666, Canberra, ACT, 2601 Australia

Allan Hewitt (Scientific coordinator

: Landcare Research, Lincoln, New Zealand

South Asia node:

No node has been established in South Asia yet and negotiations are pending with leading soils institutes.

Sub-Sahara Africa node:

Markus Walsh (Node leader)

: Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute (CIAT-TSBF), ICRAF Complex, UN Avenue, Gigiri, Nairobi
P.O. Box 30677-00100, Nairobi, Kenya 

Central and West Asia – North Africa node:

Mahmoud Alferihat (Node leader)

: Ministry of Agriculture CUMERC - Institute for Digital Soil Mapping PO Box 2099, Amman, Jordan


In November 2008, an $18 million grant has been obtained from the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to map most parts in Sub-Sahara Africa, and make all Sub-Saharan Africa data available. From this grant there are also funds for coordinating global efforts and for the establishment of a global consortium. Several institutions have assumed a leading role in this effort and have made substantial financial and in-kind contributions.

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