International Soil Reference and Information Centre (ISRIC)
International Soil Reference and Information Centre (ISRIC) – World Soil Information is an independent, science-based foundation. The institute was founded in 1966 following a recommendation of the International Soil Science Society (ISSS) and a resolution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). ISRIC has a mission to serve the international community with information about the world’s soil resources to help addressing major global issues.
ISRIC is the ICSU World Data Centre for Soils (WDC-Soils) since 1989, a member of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), and collaborates with a wide range of partners worldwide.
ISRIC operates in three priority areas:
- soil data and soil mapping
- application of soil data in global development issues
- training and education