The Latin American School of Soil Physics (ELAFIS) has been organized since 1986 in several Latin American Countries (Peru, Brazil, Cuba, Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Chile, México, Ecuador). These Schools emerged as a prolongation of the Soil Physics College that used to take place in ICTP, Trieste, Italy biennially since 1983. The Latin American School made it possible for professionals and students from Latin America to receive the most modern knowledge in Soil Physics through prestigious professors and researchers from different countries in the world. Lectures are given in English, Spanish and some in Portuguese. The active involvement of the participants in giving presentations (and posters) about their own research is strongly encouraged and emphasized.

The 2014 version of ELAFIS  will focus specifically on “Applications for precision agriculture, land degradation and extreme climate events (drought, frost) assessment", and will be held in 2015, in Lima, Peru.

The specific focus of ELAFIS 2014 will be on:

  • Teledetection: remote sensing
  • Land use
  • Land degradation: degradation of biodiversity, soil degradation
  • Climate change: climate impact
  • Soil Physical properties and processes

Course description

The 10 day course is designed for particpants graduated in the field of Soil Physics and related topics as Physics and Remote Sensing, Environmental Physics, Hydrology, Climatology, Geography, Engineering. The seminar will involve lectures by international experts, a field trip, exercises and final projects implementing lessons learned in their own locations. One of the main objectives of the Latin American School on Soil Physics is obtaining input data from local field sites and to discuss them among the participants. The course level is advanced although basic principles will be explained as well.



  • Remote sensing
  • Land degradation assessment
  • Degradation of biodiversity
  • Soil structure assessment
  • drought prediction
  • soil physical properties and processes
  • land degradation and desertification indicators
  • erosion processes
  • climate (change) impact
  • rain agressivity
  • concepts of drought and aridity
  • state-space analysis of soil physical properties
  • hydrological systems


Practical information

Venue: Universidad Nacional Agrario La Molina (UNALM), Haras De La Molina, Lima, Perú

Dates: to be confirmed (2015)

Call for candidates


Universidad Nacional Agrario La Molina
Julio Alegre
Bram Willems

Universidad Central de Venezuela
Deyanira Lobo

UNESCO - Hydrological Systems & Global Change Section Division of Water Sciences - Natural Sciences Sector
Koen Verbist

Ghent University - Belgium
Donald Gabriels

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