A focus of the IUSS Working Group on Proximal Soil Sensing (WG-PSS) is to hold regular workshops. Short reports on previous workshops will be published below.

The Fifth Global Workshop on Proximal Soil Sensing (PSS2019) 28-31 May, 2019, Missouri, USA

PSS 2019 was held at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA from May 28-31, 2019. The theme for this workshop was “Linking soil sensing to management decisions”. The workshop included 92 attendees from 15 different countries with both oral and poster presentations on a number of topics including new sensors and techniques, data fusion and analysis, soil mapping and management applications. Three students were awarded ‘Best Oral Presentation’ Lance Conway (University of Missouri, USA) and Triven Koganti (Aarhus University, Denmark) and ‘Best Poster Presentation’ Tiago Tavares (University of Sao Paulo,Brazil).

Missouri group

The Fourth Global Workshop on Proximal Soil Sensing 12-15 May, 2015, Hangzhou, China.

The 4th Global Workshop on Proximal Soil Sensing (GWPSS2015) was organized by Zhejiang University and held in Hangzhou, China. The theme of 2015 workshop was “Sensing soil condition and functions”. This theme was chosen as it reflects new explorations and applications of proximal soil sensing (PSS). The workshop was sponsored by the IUSS working Group on Proximal Soil Sensing and Zhejiang University (ZJU), co-sponsored by the Soil Science Society of China (SSSC), the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS-ISS), and the Nanjing Normal University (NNU).

Hangzhou group

The Third Global Workshop on Proximal Soil Sensing 26-29 May, 2013, Potsdam, Germany.

The workshop was organised to bring together global community devoted to advancements in technologies related to measurements by sensors placed in proximity to the soil being tested. As with the previous workshops, it was held under auspices of international union of soil science (IUSS) working group on proximal soil sensing (WG-PSS). Locally, it was organised by Leibniz-Institute of Agricultural Engineering (ATB), Leibniz-Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ Großbeeren), and the University of Potsdam (Potsdam, Germany). Over 80 researchers from various disciplines and 23 countries were present. The workshop included two full days of presentations, a field demonstration event and a number of networking and discussion sessions.

Potsdam group

The Second Global Workshop on Proximal Soil Sensing 15-18 May, 2011, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

This workshop was organised to bring together those developing and using proximal soil sensors for applications in soil and environmental sciences and engineering. It was held under auspices of international union working group on sensing (WG-PSS) organized locally by McGill University (Montreal, Quebec, Canada). Researchers from various disciplines were present, including soil scientists, agricultural engineering, geophysicists, spectroscopists, agronomists, statisticians, as well as commercial entities involved in the development and use of proximal sensors.

Potsdam group

1st Global Workshop on High Resolution Digital Soil Sensing and Mapping 5-8 February 2008, University of Sydney, Australia

The workshop attracted 90 soil scientists, agronomists, agricultural engineers, spectroscopists, statisticians, geostatisticians and proximal and remote sensing specialists from 18 different countries. Presentations were made on various aspects of PSS, including methods of soil sampling, a wide range of techniques, spatial prediction using high-resolution data and applications of PSS. The workshop was a success and participants supported the proposal for a working group on the subject.