1st Edition

Digital Soil Assessments and Beyond Proceedings of the 5th Global Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping 2012, Sydney, Australia

    Digital soil assessments and beyond contains papers presented at the 5th Global Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping, held 10-13 April 2012 at the University of Sydney, Australia. The contributions demonstrate the latest developments in digital soil mapping as a discipline with a special focus on the use of map products to drive policy decisions particularly on climate change and food, water and soil security. The workshop and now this resulting publication have better united formerly disparate subdisciplines in soil science: pedology (study of the formation, distribution and potential use of soils) and pedometrics (quantitative and statistical analysis of soil variation in space and time). This book compiles papers covering a range of topics: digital soil assessment, digital soil modelling, operational soil mapping, soil and environmental covariates, soil sampling and monitoring and soil information modelling, artificial intelligence and cyber-infrastructure, and GlobalSoilMap. Digital soil assessments and beyond aims to encourage new mapping incentives and stimulate new ideas to make digital soil mapping practicable from local to national and ultimately global scales.

    Digital soil assessments

    Digital soil assessment: Guiding irrigation expansion in Tasmania, Australia
    D.B. Kidd, M.A. Webb, C.J. Grose, R.M. Moreton, B.P. Malone, A.B. McBratney, B. Minasny, R.A. Viscarra-Rossel, W.E. Cotching, L.A. Sparrow & R. Smith

    Frameworks for digital soil assessment
    A.B. McBratney, B. Minasny, I. Wheeler, B.P. Malone & D. van der Linden

    Soil natural capital definition using land evaluation principles
    A.E. Hewitt, T. Webb, E. Dominati & C. Hedley

    Spatial modeling of human exposure to soil contamination – an example of digital soil assessment
    J. Caudeville, P. Goovaerts, F. Carre, R. Bonnard, D. Arrouays, A. Cicolella, C.C. Jolivet, N.P.A. Saby & C. Boudet

    A pedometric approach to valuing the soil resource
    D.G. Rossiter

    Development of terrons for the Lower Hunter Valley wine-growing region
    P. Hughes, A.B. McBratney, B.P. Malone & B. Minasny

    Spatial agricultural soil quality evaluation based on digital soil maps and uncertainty analysis
    X.L. Sun, Y.G. Zhao, M.S. Zhao & G.L. Zhang

    Digital soil mapping in the environment

    High resolution soil moisture mapping
    J.P. Walker, G. Dumedah, A. Monerris, Y. Gao, C. Rudiger, X. Wu, R. Panciera, O. Merlin, R. Pipunic, D. Ryu & M. Zreda

    Soil carbon density under eucalypt forests in Australia
    E.N. Bui

    Spatial prediction of biological soil crust classes: Value added DSM from soil survey
    C.B. Brungard & J.L. Boettinger

    Modelling the effect of soil type and grazing on nitrogen cycling in a tropical grazing system
    M.J. Pringle, D.E. Allen, J.E. Payne, R.C. Dalal & B.P. Marchant

    A digital soil map of Phytophthora cinnamomi in the Gondwana Rainforests of eastern Australia
    T.F.A. Bishop, R. Daniel, D.I. Guest, M.A. Nelson & C. Chang

    Modelling soil-regolith thickness in complex weathered landscapes of the central Mt Lofty Ranges, South Australia
    J. Wilford & M. Thomas

    Exploring short-term soil landscape formation in the Hunter Valley, NSW, using gamma ray spectrometry
    U. Stockmann, B. Minasny, A.B. McBratney, G.R. Hancock & G.R. Willgoose

    Spatial variability of the active layer, permafrost, and soil profile depth in Alaskan soils
    U. Mishra & W.J. Riley

    Soil maps, legacy data & covariates

    Updating legacy soil data for digital soil mapping
    B. Kempen, D.J. Brus, F. de Vries & B. Engel

    Harmonization of legacy soil maps in North America: Status, trends, and implications for digital soil mapping efforts
    J.A. Thompson, T.W. Nauman, N.P. Odgers, Z. Libohova & J.W. Hempel

    Cross-regional digital soil carbon modeling in two contrasting soil-ecological regions in the US
    B. Cao, S. Grunwald & X. Xiong

    Which covariates are needed for soil carbon models in Florida?
    X. Xiong, S. Grunwald, D.B. Myers, J. Kim, W.G. Harris & N.B. Comerford

    A pragmatic quantitative model for soil organic carbon distribution in eastern Australia
    J. Gray, T.F.A. Bishop, P. Smith, N.J. Robinson & D. Brough

    Spatial resolution effects of remote sensing images on digital soil models in aquatic ecosystems
    J. Kim, S. Grunwald, T.Z. Osborne, R. Robbins, H. Yamataki & R.G. Rivero

    Digital soil modelling

    The potential role of pedogenesis modelling in digital soil mapping
    G.R. Willgoose, G.R. Hancock & S. Cohen

    Some methods regarding manipulations of scale for digital soil mapping
    B.P. Malone, A.B. McBratney & B. Minasny

    Scale-specific control of soil water storage using multivariate empirical mode decomposition
    W. Hu, A. Biswas, B.C. Si

    Mapping the occurrence and thickness of soil horizons within soil profiles
    G. Gastaldi, B. Minasny & A.B. McBratney

    Spatial prediction of soil organic carbon of Crete by using geostatistics
    E. Aksoy, P. Panagos & L. Montanarella

    Predicting soil organic carbon using mixed conceptual and geostatistical models
    J.M. Goodman, P.R. Owens & Z. Libohova

    Spatial stochastic modeling of topsoil organic carbon content over a cultivated peri-urban region, using soil properties, soil types and a digital elevation model
    J. Hamiache, L. Bel, E. Vaudour & J.M. Gilliot

    Soil climate indicators from the Geographically Explicit Newhall Simulation Model (GEN) as potential environmental covariates in digital soil mapping applications
    H.E. Winzeler, P.R. Owens, S.W. Waltman, Z. Libohova & W.J. Waltman

    Digital mapping of phosphorus status using soil test and geophysical data
    M.T.F. Wong, A. Castrignano & D. De Benedetto

    Uncertainty estimation for weighted-means digital soil maps
    N.P. Odgers, J.A. Thompson, Z. Libohova & A.B. McBratney

    Digital mapping of soil classes

    Digital soil-class mapping across the Edgeroi district using numerical clustering and gamma-ray spectrometry data
    J. Triantafilis, N.Y. Earl & I.D. Gibbs

    Digital soil mapping: Strategy for data pre-processing
    A. ten Caten, R.S. Diniz Dalmolin, L.F. Chimelo Ruiz & M.L. Mendonca-Santos

    Digital soil mapping of soil classes using decision trees in central Iran
    R. Taghizadeh-Mehrjardi, B. Minasny, A.B. McBratney, J. Triantafilis, F. Sarmadian & N. Toomanian

    Fuzzy disaggregation of conventional soil maps using database knowledge extraction to produce soil property maps
    T.W. Nauman, J.A. Thompson, N.P. Odgers & Z. Libohova

    Towards a model for predicting soil classes in low relief and deeply weathered landscapes of the Northern Territory
    G.A. Owen

    Use of weights of evidence statistics to define inference rules to disaggregate soil survey maps
    C.A.S. Smith, B. Daneshfar, G. Frank, E. Flager & C. Bulmer

    Sampling and monitoring in DSM

    The effect of preferential sampling on sampling variance
    D. Clifford, P. Kuhnert, M. Dobbie, J. Baldock, B. Harch, N.J. McKenzie, I. Wheeler & A.B. McBratney

    A conditioned Latin hypercube sampling algorithm incorporating operational constraints
    P. Roudier, A.E. Hewitt & D.E. Beaudette

    Soil survey design for management-scale digital soil mapping in a mountainous southern Philippine catchment
    M. Thomas, N.P. Odgers, A. Ringrose-Voase, G. Grealish, M. Glover & T. Dowling

    Spatial and temporal prediction of soil properties from legacy data
    B.P. Marchant, D.M. Crawford & N.J. Robinson

    Mapping the temporal change of soil carbon: A case study from northern New South Wales, Australia
    S.B. Karunaratne, T.F.A. Bishop, I.O.A. Odeh, J. Baldock & B.P. Marchant

    Number of sampling points influences the parameters of soil properties spatial distribution and kriged maps
    R. Vašat, L. Borůvka & O. Jakšik

    Digital Soil Mapping to inform design-based sampling strategies for estimating total organic carbon stocks at the farm scale
    I. Wheeler, A.B. McBratney, B. Minasny & J.J. de Gruijter

    Cyber infrastructure & expert system in DSM

    OneGeology—Improving global access to geoscience
    B.A. Simons, O. Raymond, I. Jackson & K. Lee

    Multi-scale feature data and landscape analysis toolkit for predictive soil mapping
    X. Geng, R. Burcher, D. Kroetsch & S. Mitchell

    The LIFE+ SOILCONSWEB project: A web based spatial decision support system embedding DSM engines
    G. Langella, A. Basile, A. Bonfante, P. Manna & F. Terribile

    The role of soil inference systems in digital soil assessments
    J.C. Morris, B. Minasny & A.B. McBratney

    Worldgrids—a public repository of global soil covariates
    H.I. Reuter & T. Hengl

    Digital Soil Map data in an on-line, on-demand world
    P.L. Wilson, D. Jacquier & B.A. Simons

    Operational DSM

    Digital Soil Mapping in a changing world
    S. Grunwald, J.A. Thompson, B. Minasny & J.L. Boettinger

    Digital soil mapping in Ontario, Canada: An example using high resolution LiDAR
    J.D. Aspinall & S.J. Sweeney

    Using Pedotransfer functions for estimating soil pH and bulk density at regional scale
    Z. Libohova, S. Wills, J.W. Hempel, N.P. Odgers & J.A. Thompson

    Soil-landscape models to predict soil pH variation in the Subang region of West Java, Indonesia
    Y. Sulaeman, M. Sarwani, B. Minasny, A.B. McBratney, A. Sutandi & B. Barus

    Mapping the presence of red clay subsoil in the Driftless area of Wisconsin, USA
    D. Evans & A.E. Hartemink

    Modelling the distribution of organic carbon in the soils of Chile
    J. Padarian, J. Perez-Quezada & O. Seguel

    Rapid soil mapping under restrictive conditions in Tete, Mozambique
    G.M. van Zijl, P.A.L. le Roux & H.J.C. Smith

    High resolution 3D mapping for soil organic carbon assessment in a rural landscape
    M. Lacoste, D. Michot, V. Viaud, C. Walter, B. Minasny & A.B. McBratney

    Seasonal soil salinity monitoring in oasis ecosystems by EM conductivity
    I. Berkal, C. Walter, D. Michot & K. Djili

    Downscaling for site-specific crop management needs?
    B.M. Whelan & A.B. McBratney

    Estimation of soil organic carbon stock in subtropical forest region based on digital soil map in Taiwan
    C.C. Tsai, Z.S. Chen & C.T. Duh

    Proximal, remote sensing and spectroscopy of soil

    Mapping surface soil mineralogy using hyperspectral and ASTER imagery: An example from Mullewa, Western Australia
    I.C. Lau, T.J. Cudahy, M.C. Caccetta, C. Kobayashi, O. Kashimura, M. Kato,
    G.A. Wheaton & D.J. Carter

    Retrieval of composite mineralogy by VNIR spectroscopy
    V.L. Mulder, S. de Bruin & M.E. Schaepman

    Organic matter prediction for Korean soils using visible-near infrared reflectance spectroscopy
    H.C. Chun, S.Y. Hong, K.C. Song, Y.H. Kim, B.K. Hyun & B. Minasny

    A novel spectro-temporal approach for predicting soil physical properties
    J-D. Sylvain, A.R. Michaud, M.C. Nolin & G.B. Benie

    Using Vis-NIR hyperspectral data to map topsoil properties over bare soils in the Cap Bon region, Tunisia
    C. Gomez, P. Lagacherie & S. Bacha

    Co-kriging of soil properties with Vis-NIR hyperspectral covariates in the Cap Bon region (Tunisia)
    R. Ciampalini, P. Lagacherie, P. Monestiez, E. Walker & C. Gomez

    Soil Classification based calibration of Visible and Near Infrared Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy (VNIR-DRS) for predicting soil properties
    D.W. Wu, Y.G. Zhao, D.C. Li, F. Liu & G.L. Zhang

    Development of a Danish national Vis-NIR soil spectral library for soil organic carbon determination
    M. Knadel, F. Deng, A. Thomsen & M.H. Greve

    Soil profile organic carbon prediction with visible-near infrared reflectance spectroscopy based on a national database
    F. Deng, M. Knadel, Y. Peng, G. Heckrath, M.H. Greve & B. Minasny

    Sampling for field measurement of soil carbon using Vis-NIR spectroscopy
    K. Singh, B. Minasny, A.B. McBratney, M.G. Short & F. Namazi

    Prediction of field capacity and permanent wilting point using rapid soil sensing approaches
    N.J. Robinson, M. Kitching, M.A. Rab & P.D. Fisher


    Versioning of GlobalSoilMap.net raster property maps for the North American Node
    J.W. Hempel, Z. Libohova, N.P. Odgers, J.M. Thompson, S.S. Smith & G.W. Lelyk

    Digital soil mapping of soil properties for Korean soils
    S.Y. Hong, Y.H. Kim, K.H. Han, B.K. Hyun, Y.S. Zhang, K.C. Song, B. Minasny & A.B. McBratney

    Documenting GlobalSoilMap.net grid cells from legacy measured soil profile and global available covariates in Northern Tunisia
    R. Ciampalini, P. Lagacherie & H. Hamrouni

    Progress towards GlobalSoilMap.net soil database of Denmark
    K. Adhikari, R. Bou Kheir, M.B. Greve, P.K. Bocher, M.H. Greve, B.P. Malone, B. Minasny & A.B. McBratney

    The challenges of collating legacy data for digital mapping of Nigerian soils
    I.O.A. Odeh, J. Leenaars, A.E. Hartemink & I. Amapu

    An Australian soil grid: Infrastructure and function
    M.J. Grundy, R.D. Searle & J.B. Robinson

    Author index


    Budiman Minasny is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Agriculture & Environment at the University of Sydney in Australia. He was awarded the QEII Fellowship from the Australian Research Council to develop methodologies for creating a global soil map. His research interest is to link soil observations with process-based models and also to develop empirical models to allow greater understanding of soil variation in space and time.

    Brendan Malone is a research fellow of Digital Soil Mapping in the Faculty of Agriculture & Environment at the University of Sydney, Australia. He is working on an Australian Research Council linkage project with the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment where he is developing new and updated spatial soil information systems for new sustainable irrigated agriculture in Tasmania, Australia. Brendan’s research interest is in furthering methodologies for digital soil assessments and aligning soil information and related products to the needs and specifications of the soil information end-users.

    Alex McBratney is Professor of Soil Science in the Faculty of Agriculture & Environment at the University of Sydney in Australia. He is chief editor of the global soil science journal, Geoderma, and co-editor-in-chief of the book series Progress in Soil Science. Alex is a consummate pedometrician and soil scientist striving to understand soil variation in all its dimensions.