Award of Best Paper in Pedometrics 2016 (International Union of Soil Sciences, IUSS)

Our paper was awarded the International Best Paper in Pedometrics Award (2016). 

Viscarra Rossel, R.A., T. Behrens, E. Ben-Dor, D.J. Brown, J.A.M. Demattê, K.D. Shepherd, Z. Shi, B. Stenberg, A. Stevens, V. Adamchuk, H. Aïchi, B.G. Barthès, H.M. Bartholomeus, A.D. Bayer, M. Bernoux, K. Böttcher, L. Brodský, C.W. Du, A. Chappell, Y. Fouad, V. Genot, C. Gomez, S. Grunwald, A. Gubler, C. Guerrero, C.B. Hedley, M. Knadel, H.J.M. Morrás, M. Nocita, L. Ramirez-Lopez, P. Roudier, E.M.R. Campos, P. Sanborn, V.M. Sellitto, K.A. Sudduth, B.G. Rawlins, C. Walter, L.A. Winowiecki, S.Y. Hong and W. Ji. 2016. A global spectral library to characterize the world’s soil. Earth-Science Reviews. 155, 198–230. doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2016.01.012. (pdf)

The journal Earth-Science Reviews has a current IF of 7.82.

Synopsis of the paper: A global team of researchers, including Dr. Grunwald, synthesized a spectral dataset (visible-/near-infrared spectra) and measured soil data to model various critical soil indicators at global scale. Big data analysis was used to develop global soil maps/models for carbon, clay, and other soil properties demonstrating the impact and mitigation potential under various change stressors, including global climate change and land use change, both causing unprecedented soil degradation.

Read also the feature in the Soil and Water Sciences Department, UF Blog:

2017 Pedometrics 25th Anniversary Conference

The Pedometrics Conference in Wageningen, Netherlands was special (June 26 – July 1, 2017) (PM2017 pdf). We celebrated 25 years of pedometrics. Pedometrics became a Commission of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) in 2004 and has been growing exponentially over the past decades with focal areas in Digital Soil Mapping (DSM), Digital Soil Morphometrics, Modeling of Soil and Landscape Evolution, Proximal Soil Sensing, and Soil Monitoring. Information about the conference, including abstracts and detailed program, are available at:

Dr. Grunwald gave an invited special long talk at the Pedometrics Conference:

“Past, Present and Future of Soil Physical, Chemical and Biological Process Knowledge in Pedometrics”


Pdf: Pedometrics (2017) – slides


Our lab group had several presentations at the Pedometrics Conference:

Christopher M. Clingensmith, Sabine Grunwald and Suhas
Wani. “Using new sparsity genomic methods to improve soil chemometric models”.

Christopher M. Clingensmith, Sabine Grunwald and Suhas
Wani. “Transferring and spiking of soil spectral models between two south Indian villages”.

Katsutoshi Mizuta, Sabine Grunwald, Wendell P. Cropper,
Wonsuk Lee, Gustavo M. Vasques, Michelle A Phillips,
Brenton D. Myers, Xiong Xiong and Willie G. Harris. “A novel pedometrics-econometrics approach to assess soil carbon capability”.

Katsutoshi Mizuta, Sabine Grunwald, Christopher M. Clingensmith, Gustavo M Vasques, Wonsuk Lee, Michelle A. Phillips, Wendell P. Cropper, Xiong Xiong and Brenton D. Myers. “Modelling pedo-econometric carbon scores with VNIR spectroscopy.”

Soil Science Society of America Fellow

 (Award Press Release from SSSA)

The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) announces the following 2017 award recipient to be formally presented at the SSSA Awards Ceremony on 2017-10-24 during the scientific society’s Annual Meeting in Tampa with the ceremony held at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel. The annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service, and research.

Sabine Grunwald, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL – SSSA Fellow: Sabine Grunwald is Professor and was Director
of Distance Education Programs in the Soil and Water Sciences Department, University of Florida (UF), Gainesville, FL.
She holds an affiliate faculty appointment in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, UF. Dr. Grunwald
received a M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University Giessen, Germany. She is internationally recognized as an authority in
pedometrics, digital soil mapping, soil-environmental modeling and soil carbon dynamics. She has authored a total of 168 peer-reviewed publications and gave more than 430 presentations at international, national and regional conferences. Dr. Grunwald provided leadership as Associate Editor for the Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J., Board member of Geoderma, Vice Chair of Commission Pedometrics of the Int. Union of Soil Sciences, and Chair of the
ASA Community Global Digital Soil Map. She has conducted research nationally and internationally including in India,
Africa, Brazil and Peru.

SSSA Fellow: Fellow is the highest recognition bestowed by the Soil Science Society of America. Members of the Society nominate
worthy colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service. Up to 0.3 percent of the Society’s
active and emeritus members may be elected Fellow.