Africa Soil Information Service
The Africa Soil Information Service (AfSIS) is developing continent-wide digital soil maps for sub-Saharan Africa using new types of soil analysis and statistical methods, and conducting agronomic field trials in selected sentinel sites. These efforts include the compilation and rescue of legacy soil profile data, new data collection and analysis, and system development for large-scale soil mapping using remote sensing imagery and crowdsourced ground observations. The project area includes ~17.5 million km2 of continental sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). This area that encompasses more than 90% of Africa’s human population living in 42 countries. The project area excludes hot and cold desert regions based on the recently revised Köppen-Geiger climate classification, as well as the non-desert areas of Northern Africa. AfSIS is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, with supplemental funding from AGRA, through a grant to the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). CIAT provides subgrants to the Tropical Agriculture and Rural Environment Program (TropAg) and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at the Earth Institute of Columbia University, the World Agro-Forestry Centre (ICRAF), and ISRIC - World Soil Information. AfSIS has many other partners throughout Africa. It also has a number of partners through the Global Soil Consortium in other regions around the world, including government reasearch and academic institutions in East Asia, Europe, the Middle East, North America, Oceania, and South America.
Conservation, Development, Ecology, IT
10. Jun 2013
10. Jun 2013