The Fifth International
Conference
September 21-25, 2009

Soils of Urban, Industrial, Traffic, Mining, and Military Areas

The Graduate Center, The City University of New York,

365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016-4309

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the New York City Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Queens College School of Earth and Environmental Sciences invite you to join us for the 5th International Conference of the Urban Soils Working Group of the International Union of Soil Sciences. Share in the latest information and ideas from around the world in this exciting and important field.

Increasing urbanization is a worldwide phenomenon. According to the United Nations Population Division, one-half of the world’s population now lives in cities and towns, and by 2030 this will reach 60 percent. Currently there are 20 mega-cities with more than 10 million inhabitants, many in developing countries. An understanding of the properties, processes, and the ecosystem services of the disturbed soils that are an inevitable consequence of this urbanization has important quality-of- life implications for a large segment of our population. Methods of characterization, classification, and mapping of disturbed soils are required to keep soil science relevant in a changing world. The study of urban and human-altered soils has emerged as one of the important frontiers in the field. SUITMA, the Urban Soils Working Group of the International Union of Soil Sciences, has been working since 1998 to stimulate multi-disciplinary research and teaching activities for a better understanding of properties, functioning, impacts, and evolution of human-impacted soils, to support their sustainable management, and to increase the impact of soil science in the decision making process for urban land management.

After highly successful events in Germany, France, Egypt, and China, the 2009 conference in New York City will mark the first time SUITMA will be held in North America. SUITMA 5 will feature invited speakers on a number of important topics, current research from around the world, and panel discussions on topical issues. Hosted by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service and the New York City Soil and Water Conservation District with the Queens College School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the locale will be the CUNY Graduate Student Center in midtown Manhattan at 365 Fifth Avenue. A two-day field trip will be offered to examine soils and landscapes, soil-based restoration, research, and mapping projects in New York City.