Soil and sediment related research for terrestrial agrienvironmental assessments requires accurate depth incremental sampling to perform detailed analysis of physical, geochemical and biological properties of soil and exposed sediment profiles. Existing equipment does not allow collecting soil/sediment increments at millimetre resolution. The Fine Increment Soil Collector (FISC), developed by the SWMCN Laboratory, allows much greater precision in incremental soil/sediment sampling. It facilitates the easy recovery of collected material by using a simple screw-thread extraction system (see Figure 1). The FISC has been designed specifically to enable standardized scientific investigation of shallow soil/sediment samples. In particular, applications have been developed in two IAEA Coordinated Research Projects (CRPs): CRP D1.20.11 on “Integrated Isotopic Approaches for an Area-wide Precision Conservation to Control the Impacts of Agricultural Practices on Land Degradation and Soil Erosion” and CRP D1.50.15 on “Response to Nuclear Emergencies Affecting Food and Agriculture.”.
Mabit, L.; Toloza, A.;  Meusburger, K.; Alewell, C.;  Iurian, A-R.;  Owens, P. N. 
- Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Laboratory, IAEA, Seibersdorf (Austria)
- Environmental Geosciences, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Basel, Basel (Switzerland)
- Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering, Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
- Environmental Science Program and Quesnel River Research Centre, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, British Columbia (Canada)