Recent reports by the United Nations and other international organizations have highlighted the need for up-to-date and fine resolution soil information and the revival of soil research. They cited as examples of key issues that have been discussed in recent publications soil erosion, nutrient depletion, and pollution particularly in relation to environmental degradation, climate change, and world food production. They estimated that about 3.2 billion euro is spent yearly on soil research worldwide. They urge the soil science community to benefit from the current upsurge in soil science.
Hartemink AE and A McBratney. 2008. A soil science renaissance. Geoderma 148: 123-129.