U.S. National Committee for Soil Science
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About the USNC
The U.S. National Committee for Soil Science (USNC/SS) represents the interests of the U.S. soil science community in the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) and provides leadership in the advancement of soil science nationally and internationally. The committee advises The National Academies in all matters pertaining to the IUSS and supports U.S. participation in the international arena. To identify relevant issues for the committee to address, the USNC communicates with professional societies and organizations.
- Interacts with the broader scientific community to identify emerging needs and opportunities for soil science;
- Identifies innovative solutions to solve environmental and societal problems;
- Advocates soil science education to provide a sustainable pool of expertise in the discipline;
- Promotes the public understanding of the critical role soils play in society and the environment; and
- Leads U.S. participation in the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) and international collaboration in soil science research.
In addition to members appointed by The National Academies for three year terms, the committee includes ex officio members representing the international union, as well as the Soil Science Society of America. Other professional societies are represented on the committee by liaisons. Societies interested in appointing a liaison to the national committee should contact NRC staff.
About the Union
The International Union of Soil Sciences is the global union of soil scientists and has been is a scientific union member of the International Council for Science (ICSU) since 1993. Originally founded as the International Society of Soil Science (ISSS) in 1924, the IUSS promotes all branches of soil science and supports all soil scientists across the world in the pursuit of their endeavors.
IUSS Divisions and Commissions
Are you interested in learning more about what IUSS does? Get involved in the scientific commissions.
The scientific activities of IUSS are undertaken through 4 Divisions; each Division has 4 to 6 Commissions. Visit the IUSS homepage for descriptions of IUSS divisions and commissions. View a list of current officers.