Title: Using Imaging Spectroscopy to Study Soil Properties
Citation: REMOTE SENSING OF ENVIRONMENT vol. 113 no. Supplement 1 p. S38-S55
Publication Year: 2009
JRC N°: JRC45546
ISSN: 0034-4257
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2008.09.019
DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2008.09.019
Type: Articles in Journals
Abstract: Combining soil science and Imaging spectroscopy (IS) is a promising tool for studying soil properties in large spatial domains. Going from point to image spectrometry is not only a journey from micro to macro scales, but also a long stage where problems such as dealing with data having a low signal-to-noise level, contamination of the atmosphere, large data sets, the BRDF effect and more are often encountered. In this paper we provide an up-to-date overview of some of the case studies that have used IS technology for soil science applications. Besides a brief discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of IS for studying soils, the following cases are comprehensively discussed: soil degradation (salinity, erosion, and deposition), soil mapping and classification, soil genesis and formation, soil contamination, soil water content, and soil swelling. We review these case studies and suggest that the IS data be provided to the end users as real reflectance and not as raw data and with better signal-to-noise ratios than presently exist. This is because converting the raw data into reflectance is a complicated stage that requires experience, knowledge, and specific infrastructures not available to many users, whereas quantitative spectral models require good quality data. These limitations serve as a barrier that impedes potential end-users, inhibiting researchers from trying this technique for their needs. The paper ends with a general call to the soil science audience to extend the utilization of the IS technique, and it provides some ideas on how to propel this technology forward to enable its widespread adoption in order to achieve a breakthrough in the field of soil science and remote sensing. Keywords: Soil reflectance, Image Spectroscopy, Soil properties, Soil Applications,
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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