The Northern Soils Network (NSN) originally comprised two Northern Regional Soil Discussion Groups (East and West) but combined forces in recent years to improve the group offering.
Group Chair: Dr Jenny Jones
Deputy Chair: Eleanor Reed
Group Treasurer: Current vacancy
Today the government published 'A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment'. Soil features in several sections of the report. There may be opportunities for funding related to issues such as peatland restoration: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/25-year-environment-plan
Happy New Year to you all. I hope that 2018 promises you lots of excellent experiences in soil science.
Here in the Northern Soils Network we are busy planning events for the year.
Don't forget to register for the event on 'Spatial datasets for soil in the UK' which takes place on Thursday 22nd February 2018. You can register via this link: : http://www.soils.org.uk/event/1344
The year is flying by and we have news of several soil events. I hope that you have seen the post about the joint meeting with the Scottish Soils Discussion Group in February 2018. The joint event we ran last February was very successful and resulted in positive feedback. Do make sure that you book soon for this event as places are limited.
Before that we have the AGM in London on 5th December, World Soils Day. I'll be there so do track me down and say 'hello' as I want to meet as many of our NSN members as possible.
The Scottish Soils Discussion Group and the Northern Soils Network will be hosting a joint meeting in Newcastle to promote and discuss the range of spatial soils datasets available around the UK, highlighting factors such as licensing and metadata which have an effect on the quality and usefulness of such datasets and the maps and models derived from them.
- To showcase the range of soil-related datasets currently being used across the UK, particularly relating to modelling, mapping, and visualisation.
- To provide a forum for people in different organisations to discuss ongoing and future activities (e.g. Digital Soil Mapping) and to develop ideas for future collaboration and research.
- To increase people’s awareness of differing licensing and metadata issues associated across a range of different organisations.
- To identify ways in which current work is being used for the benefit of society and in policy development, and how these can be improved in the future.
The meeting will run from 10am - 4pm at the Life Centre, Newcastle. Discounted parking is available and details will be sent with your joining instructions.
Registration fee includes refreshments and lunch.
BSSS Members - £15
Non - Members - £32
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN Please note: ALL delegates MUST register in advance for this meeting as places are limited.
SEESOIL are co-hosting this year's BSSS annual meeting (it is on our patch) on what the ‘4 per 1000’ initiative means for UK soils.
The ‘4 per 1000’ (4 per mil) initiative was launched at the COP21 in 2015, with the aim to slow down the increase in atmospheric concentrations of CO2 by annually increasing global soil organic carbon stocks by 0.4 % per year.
This initiative has sparked a mixed reaction to the feasibility of achieving this, and discussion over what this means for soil management.
Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter sets out a vision: That Scotland’s geodiversity is recognised as an integral and vital part of our environment, economy, heritage and future sustainable development, to be managed appropriately and safeguarded for this and future generations.
The Scottish Geodiversity Forum has worked with partners to revise and update the Charter during 2017, ready for the launch of the renewed Charter at this conference with the support of more than 70 organisations.
For full detail see https://scottishgeodiversityforum.org/charter/conference/
Meet a soil scientist at Open Farm Sunday!
The Society is looking for members to team up with farmers this year for Open Farm Sunday (OFS) to bring soil science to the farm. OFS is an annual open doors, family friendly event for the general public to find out about food and farming. The event is on Sunday 11 June 2017 and participating farms are listed on the OFS website https://farmsunday.org/
For anyone who is interested in peatlands and peat soils, the UK Peat Society is hosting the International Peatland Society Convention 2017, 28-31 May in Aberdeen, Scotland. The last time this was held in Scotland was in 1989. The focus is on the “Responsible Management of Peatlands” and one of the themes will be on peatland restoration, as well as themes on agricultural and forestry use of peatlands. Details can be found at www.peatlands2017.net
Funded PhD studentships are available in Soil Technology Innovation with Cranfield University and Rothamsted Research. I would appreciate if you could disseminate to potential candidates. Deadline is Monday 20 March.