The Institute for Digital Soil Mapping was established in partnership with the GlobalSoilMap.net Consortium, which is composed of a group of institutions, including Columbia University’s Earth Institute that aims to create the first global digital soil map. The Central and West Asia and North Africa Node, which consists of 25 countries, is to be housed at CUMERC. The Institute will also be jointly managed by the Land and Irrigation Department at the Jordanian Ministry of Agriculture. The Institute for Digital Soil Mapping was established to coordinate the activities of the node and will work closely with other regional nodes in Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe and North America. More information on the project can be found on www.globalsoilmap.net.
The Science Coordinator is a key position at the Institute. He/she is responsible for establishing a pilot area, coordinating with other national counterparts and overseeing all scientific activities. The Science Coordinator is responsible for the GIS Specialist, Legacy Data Officer and Soil Management Legacy Data Officer. He/she will communicate and coordinate with science coordinators of the 24 countries in the node and with international counterparts.