Fundamental Hydric Soils – Online
Classroom Component: Online and on demand
Field Component: There is no field component associated with the online only version of this class
*** Approved for 0.4 Certification Renewal Points through the Society of Wetland Scientists ***
This Course has been pre-approved by the Society of Wetland Scientists Professional Certification Program (SWSPCP) as meeting standards for content and instruction to receive credits and/or points toward SWSPCP Professional Certification or SWSPCP Professional Certification Renewal.
The advent of the Hydric Soil Indicators into three-parameter wetland delineations has raised the bar on understanding the role of soils in wetland determinations. However, like any advance in scientific application, the divide between intent and application can be wide as field practitioners struggle to comprehend the intention of the many-nuanced and often-updated hydric soil indicator definitions. In this course, students will learn advanced soil science concepts from professional soil scientists to bridge the knowledge gap between reading what an indicator says and applying it in the field.
Students will complete 6 hours of online classroom study through our Soil Hub learning modules. These modules can be completed all at once or the student can stop and start at their own pace with the option to save their progress and return later to complete each lesson. Students will advance their technical foundation with in-depth study on the science behind the indicators. At the conclusion of the course, students can expect to have an advanced understanding of:
- The basis behind the three sets of indicators and when to use each
- Soil formation factors that affect hydric soil formation and properties
- Soil horizons and associated nomenclature
- Redoximorphic feature chemistry
- Identifying and describing redoximorphic features