INSPIRE Knowledge Base


Alterra - Wageningen UR
Mission and Objectives: 
‘To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life.’ That is the mission of Wageningen UR (University & Research centre). Within the domain of ‘healthy food and living environment’, Wageningen UR works around the globe conducting research for government agencies and the business community. The strength of Wageningen UR lies in its ability to join the forces of specialised research institutes, Wageningen University and Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences. It also lies in the combined efforts of the various fields of natural and social sciences. This union of expertise leads to scientific breakthroughs that can quickly be put into practice and be incorporated into education. This is the Wageningen Approach. The Wageningen Approach Issues within the Wageningen domain are almost never exclusively natural, technical or social by nature. There are always multiple, usually synergetic, approaches and possible solutions. Wageningen UR therefore fosters the unique interaction between the natural and social sciences. Both sets of disciplines are part of a coherent package of research, education and services. This integrated approach offers additional possibilities for the effective application of expertise in policy or in practice. Wageningen UR maintains open relations with other domains and disciplines. Research agendas are composed in coordination with governments, the business community, special interest groups, and other universities and research institutes in the Netherlands and abroad. As a result, science and education can have an actual impact on society as a whole. Ambition It is the ambition at Wageningen UR to distinguish itself by offering education and research of excellent quality thereby becoming the European institute of knowledge within the domain of healthy food and living environment.
Formal Mandate: 
National Government
As a centre of knowledge, Wageningen UR already plays a leading role in this process and wishes to expand further. This will be achieved in close cooperation with government and industry (the ‘golden triangle’), and fellow institutes and universities in the Netherlands and abroad. Furthermore, strong roots in the region and a central position in Food Valley has resulted in a close interaction with practical experiences. The combination of Wageningen University, the Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences and (nine) applied research institutes (the DLO Foundation) means Wageningen UR is superbly equipped to deal with the issues at hand. The three mutually connected elements, each with their own role and position in the knowledge and innovation process, are: > University research and education of the highest quality, focused on frontier research, with a strong appeal to the best scientists and students worldwide. > Professional education, with a professional course of study and internationally oriented themes closely embedded in regional innovation processes. > Applied research with a solid scientific foundation and a firm position in the contract research market specialised in the further development of green knowledge in actual innovations. Alterra's - wageningen UR Soil Science Centre is involved in both research and education in soil science and in all aspects of land use. The centre conducts research on the physical, chemical and biological processes within soils and their mutual interaction – as well as the conditions which affect soil processes and the effect soil processes have on the environmental quality of air and water. Research is conducted on local, regional, national and global scales and contributes to sustainable soil use and sustainable design and management of the environment. Important issues driving research activities within the centre include maintaining soil biodiversity, maintaining clean ground water and surface water, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and chemical soil pollution, and creating sustainable (organic) agricultural systems.
The Soil Science Centre distinguishes the following research themes: - Land degradation - Land use - Regional and global cycles - Soil biodiversity - Soil fertility - Soil pollution These themes contribute to solving social issues such as ‘global change’, ‘food safety’, ‘sustainable agriculture' the 'country space’ and ‘biodiversity’. Because of the multidisciplinary and global nature of these themes, the centre’s research is carried out within a broad national and international network. In addition, the Soil Science Centre has the following knowledge infrastructure at its disposal: The Soil Map of the Netherlands, including accompanying information. Alterra owns and manages this information, which is stored in geographical databases and can be accessed via the internet in sections.
- ESBN - European Soil Bureau Network - PEER - Partnership for European Environmental Research

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    The Netherlands
    Societal Sector
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    National Data and Information System for Soil and Geology (Basisregistratie Ondergrond) National Implementation Programme (NUP) Citizens and business demand a government which operates quickly, efficiently and clientoriented instead of repeatedly asking them to tread the same old paths. To achieve this, the Government, provinces, municipalities and water boards are developing a joint basic infrastructure for e-service provision. In the National Implementation Programme (NUP), these authorities have made agreements to introduce focus and cohesion in developing building blocks and establish a basic infrastructure. That way, the NUP will belong to us all. The National Information System for Soil and geology is one of the buiding blocks.
    Environmental application domains
    Primary Business
    Soil Geography
    INSPIRE Data Themes