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Digital Soil Mapping

Authored by: Alex B. McBratney , Budiman Minasny , Robert A. MacMillan , Florence Carré

Handbook of Soil Sciences Properties and Processes

Print publication date:  November  2011
Online publication date:  November  2011

Print ISBN: 9781439803059
eBook ISBN: 9781439803066
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b11267-72

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Abstract

The current explosion in computation and information technology comes with vast amounts of data and tools in all fields of endeavor. This has motivated numerous initiatives around the world to build spatial data infrastructures aiming to facilitate the collection, maintenance, dissemination, and use of spatial information. Soil science potentially contributes to the development of such generic spatial data infrastructure through the ongoing creation of regional, continental, and worldwide soil databases. The principal manifestation is soil resource assessment using geographic information systems (GISs), that is, the production of digital soil property and class maps with the constraint of limited relatively expensive fieldwork and subsequent laboratory analysis.

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