Title: Digital Soil Assessments: Beyond DSM
Citation: GEODERMA vol. 143 p. 69-79
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC32968
ISSN: 0016-7061
URI: http://www.elsevier.com/locate/geoderma
DOI: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2007.08.015
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The scope of digital soil mapping is described but it is not seen as an end in itself. It provides data and information for a new framework for soil assessment which we call digital soil assessment. Although still somewhat fluid, a procedural framework for digital soil mapping and assessment with its links and feedbacks are set out diagrammatically and discussed. Theoretically, the main advantage of DSM over conventional methods is the intended provision of estimates of predictor uncertainties. DSA comprises three main processes: (1) a soil attribute space inference system, (2) evaluation of the soil functions and the threats to soils, and (3) risk assessment and the development of strategies for soil protection. Digital risk assessment consists of integrating political, social, economical parameters and general environmental threats for building, modelling and testing some scenarios about environmental perspectives. The procedure as a whole is illustrated by considering how to address potential question, ‘are we able to provide soil data parameters for climate-change modelling at 200-m resolution?;
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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