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Description, sampling and classifications of Danish soils based on field studies (2019)

ECTS credits:

Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course (MSc students are allowed as well)
Semester/quarter: 6 – 12 May 2019
Hours per week: 11 hours pr. day for 7 days, plus one week of preparatory reading
Capacity limit: 16 participants

Objectives of the course:
Field-based studies of soils in Denmark with travel throughout Denmark. Emphasis on description and classification of soils; relationships among soils, vegetation, geology, and climate; physical, chemical, and biological processes active in soils and landscapes; and the role of soils in land use.

Emphasis will also be on the ability to sampling for a range of soil physical analysis both individual soil profiles but also on fields with high variability. Field measurements of key soil properties will be performed.

Learning outcomes and competences:
At the end of the course the student should be able to:

Describe, classify and sample individual soil profiles, and fields.

Compulsory programme:
Detailed program will be available in due time before the course.

Basic knowledge on soils

Name of lecturers:
Mogens Humlekrog Greve
Bo Vangsø Iversen
Mathieu Lemande

Type of course/teaching methods:
The course comprises 7 days of intensive classroom and field study, mostly in the field, away from AU Foulum campus.


  • WRB key
  • Fao Guidelines for soil description
  • More…

Course homepage:

Course assessment:
Exam by multiple choices and an assignment

Department of Agroecology
Aarhus University
Blichers Allé 20, Postboks 50
DK-8830 Tjele

Special comments on this course:
Course fee is 900 Euro

This fee covers transportation, accommodation in hostels, and all meals during the course period.

6 – 12 May 2019

Aarhus University, Campus Foulum and the landscapes of Denmark

Deadline for registration is 1 April 2019. When we have registered your expression of interest will we contact you with details on how to pay the course fee. 

For expression of interest: http://events.au.dk/Classification2019

If you have any questions, please contact Mogens Humlekrog Greve, e-mail: Mogensh.greve@agro.au.dk.

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