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Pedology Sub-committee

The Pedology Subcommittee of the Canadian Society of Soil Science (CSSS) was established in 2005.

The Subcommittee has three mandates:

  1. Improvement of the taxonomic classification system for Canadian soils through revision of the system because of new information.
  2. Maintenance of contact with the international pedological community on new developments in soil genesis and classification.
  3. Compilation and dissemination of information about the genesis, distribution, classification and wise use of Canadian soils.

The major projects of the Pedology subcommittee are:

The Soils of Canada website (www.soilsofcanada.ca)

The website was launched in early 2009 as a major source of information about Canadian soils and their classification. It was intended as a resource for university-level students, and contains a photo gallery and a discussion forum to facilitate the exchange of information on topics of interest to pedologists in Canada.

Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Soil Science on the Soils of Canada

There has long been a need for an up-to-date compilation of information about the genesis and classification of soil orders found in Canada. In 2009 the Pedology Subcommittee initiated a project to publish a special issue of the Canadian Journal of Soil Science with individual chapters by eminent authors on each of the soil orders found in the Canadian System of Soil Classification. This will serve as a readily accessed textbook for soil genesis and classification in Canada. The special issue should be produced late in 2010. The editors of the special edition are Dan Pennock (U. of Saskatchewan), Lito Arocena (UNBC), and Scott Smith (AAFC).

Moving Towards a 4th Edition of the Canadian System of Soil Classification

The developers of the Canadian System of Soil Classification (CSSC) clearly stated that the system would need to undergo continual revision as our knowledge of soils improves. The Pedology Subcommittee will be spearheading the drive to revise elements of the CSSC with a goal of producing a 4th edition by 2014. To date the specific areas under consideration for revision include the inclusion of an order for human-disturbed soils, improved descriptions of A horizons and LFH horizons, and revisions to horizon nomenclature especially around soils with deposition of secondary salts. The process for revision will involve the use of the Soils of Canada website as the discussion forum and the Canadian Journal of Soil Science for the publication of peer-reviewed research documenting the proposed changes and the rationale for them.

Membership in the Pedology Subcommittee is open to any interested pedologist. For more information contact:

Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn (Secretary) angela.bedard-haughn@usask.ca

Dr. Dan Pennock (University Co-Chair) dan.pennock@usask.ca

Dr. Scott Smith (AAFC Co-Chair) smithcas@agr.gc.ca
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