Description, sampling and classifications of Danish soils based on field studies (2017)

Name of course:

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


ECTS credits:



Course parameters:

Language: English

Level of course: PhD course, but we allow MSc students as well

Semester/quarter: 12 – 18 June 2017

Hours per week: 11 hours pr. day and 7 days, plus one week of preparatory reading

Capacity limits: 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 campus.



WRB key

Fao Guidelines for soil description



Course homepage:


Course assessment:

Exam by multiple choices and an assignment



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


Special comments on this course:

Course fee is 800 Euro

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



12 – 18 June 2017



AU, Campus Foulum and the landscapes of Denmark



Deadline for pre-registration is 15 May 2017. Information regarding admission will be sent out no later than 22 May 2017

For registration:

If you have any questions, please contact Mogens Humlekrog Greve, e-mail: