911350 Soils of the world: genesis and classification

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Wenzel, Walter
Offered in
Sommersemester 2022
Languages of instruction


1) methods of soil description / morphology (nomenclature) according to the systems used in by international organizations (FAO)
2) factors, processes, and environmental conditions of soil formation as related to landscape ecology and landuse histroy
3) Soils of Austria
4) soils of the world (overview)
5) Soil taxonomy of FAO (World Reference Base for Soil resources - WRB) and comparison with the Austrian system

Previous knowledge expected

Basics of soil / environmental sciences

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

1) apply the FAO soil description manual in competent manner to real soil profiles
2) recall soil morphological features and comprehend soil processes relevant for the classification of soils according to WRB
3) recall major soil groups and the principles of their classification according to WRB
4) Apply the WRB classification system to real soil profiles and soil data
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.