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Quantifying Capability: GlobalSoilMap

Chapter


Abstract


  • GlobalSoilMap is an initiative of the Digital Soil Mapping Working

    Groups of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS, digitalsoilmapping.org.

    Available at http://digitalsoilmapping.org/ . Accessed 22 Oct 2015). It aims to meet

    the needs of the modelling community, farmers, land managers, policy developers

    and decision-makers, by creating a fi ne resolution (100 × 100 m grid) quantitative

    digital soil map of the world, using state-of-the-art and emerging technologies such

    as remote sensing, data mining and spatial databases. The data will be stored in a

    freely available distributed system with a set of standards for Web services. The

    approach has three components: digital soil mapping, recommendations for soil

    management and providing service to end users (Sanchez et al. Science 325, 2009).

    The project originated in 2006 as an effort to address the unmet need for quantitative

    answers to questions about soil-related issues such as soil carbon sequestration,

    the impact of soil carbon on biomass production and the change in soil status over

    time. To address such questions requires information about stores and fl uxes of

    water, carbon, nutrients and solutes, in other words, functional properties of soils.

    The most signifi cant stocks and fl ows are water including run-off, leaching, waterlogging

    and water available to plants, nutrients, carbon, solutes and acidifi cation.

    Access to information about soil properties reduces risks in decision-making, but in

    order to understand and manage these risks, estimates of uncertainties in soil properties

    are required. Therefore, all quantitative data in the GlobalSoilMap will have

    an associated uncertainty. The project is facilitated by the synthesis of pedology,

    which focuses on soil processes, and pedometrics, which focuses on quantitative

    analyses.

UOW Authors


  •   McBratney, Alex B. (external author)
  •   Jarrett, Lorna
  •   Arrouays, Dominique (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • McBratney, A. B., Jarrett, L. E. & Arrouays, D. (2017). Quantifying Capability: GlobalSoilMap. In D. J. Field, C. L. S. Morgan & A. B. McBratney (Eds.), Global Soil Security (pp. 77-85). Switzerland: Springer.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9783319433943

Book Title


  • Global Soil Security

Start Page


  • 77

End Page


  • 85

Place Of Publication


  • Switzerland

Abstract


  • GlobalSoilMap is an initiative of the Digital Soil Mapping Working

    Groups of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS, digitalsoilmapping.org.

    Available at http://digitalsoilmapping.org/ . Accessed 22 Oct 2015). It aims to meet

    the needs of the modelling community, farmers, land managers, policy developers

    and decision-makers, by creating a fi ne resolution (100 × 100 m grid) quantitative

    digital soil map of the world, using state-of-the-art and emerging technologies such

    as remote sensing, data mining and spatial databases. The data will be stored in a

    freely available distributed system with a set of standards for Web services. The

    approach has three components: digital soil mapping, recommendations for soil

    management and providing service to end users (Sanchez et al. Science 325, 2009).

    The project originated in 2006 as an effort to address the unmet need for quantitative

    answers to questions about soil-related issues such as soil carbon sequestration,

    the impact of soil carbon on biomass production and the change in soil status over

    time. To address such questions requires information about stores and fl uxes of

    water, carbon, nutrients and solutes, in other words, functional properties of soils.

    The most signifi cant stocks and fl ows are water including run-off, leaching, waterlogging

    and water available to plants, nutrients, carbon, solutes and acidifi cation.

    Access to information about soil properties reduces risks in decision-making, but in

    order to understand and manage these risks, estimates of uncertainties in soil properties

    are required. Therefore, all quantitative data in the GlobalSoilMap will have

    an associated uncertainty. The project is facilitated by the synthesis of pedology,

    which focuses on soil processes, and pedometrics, which focuses on quantitative

    analyses.

UOW Authors


  •   McBratney, Alex B. (external author)
  •   Jarrett, Lorna
  •   Arrouays, Dominique (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • McBratney, A. B., Jarrett, L. E. & Arrouays, D. (2017). Quantifying Capability: GlobalSoilMap. In D. J. Field, C. L. S. Morgan & A. B. McBratney (Eds.), Global Soil Security (pp. 77-85). Switzerland: Springer.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9783319433943

Book Title


  • Global Soil Security

Start Page


  • 77

End Page


  • 85

Place Of Publication


  • Switzerland