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The Soil Information System

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  021092,  2002 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.9146) @2002
Authors:   Daniel J. Rooney, Marek Dudka, Mark Cheyne, John R. Samuelson
Keywords:   soil information, wireless soil and topography mapping, sensors, penetrometer, Internet

The collection and analysis of soil information in an efficient and effective manner at a field or sitespecific scale is a scientific and technical challenge. Resource managers often have access to highresolution airborne and spaceborne imagery or other landscape attributes, but detailed soil and topographic information has become a major limiting factor for high intensity land use and management practices. The mapping of soil at a scale larger than 1:12,000 requires the collection of soil samples, their laboratory analysis, documentation, and association with landscape position for the creation of maps. Often, additional excursions to the field are necessary to supplement previously collected data. This iterative procedure is time consuming, expensive, and often subjective. The amount of data obtained is not sufficient to characterize soil properties and their variability at a field or site-specific scale. A real-time, mobile Soil Information System SIS) is being developed to improve the process of performing high intensity soil surveys and site investigations.

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