soil data management Articles

  • Repurposing Composting Infrastructure

    A Vermont solid waste district utilized a defunct biosolids composting site to create capacity for processing food waste. The Vermont legislature instituted a progressive ban on organics in landfills via Act 148 in 2012. The Act includes the provision that transfer stations/drop-off facilities must accept food scraps by July 1, 2017. The Lamoille Regional Solid Waste Management District (LRSWMD) ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • 3 Scientific Tools to Help You Better Understand Your Water Quality

    There are many ways of testing and understanding your water quality with online scientific tools and models. One such resource is the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) project run by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The project, which was founded in 1991 to develop reliable information about water sources to support decisions on water quality management ...

  • Environmental Data Management for Groundwater Contamination

    ESdat environmental data management software has been used to manage and report on large datasets generated from an investigation of groundwater contamination on an industrial facility in Adelaide. ESdat was used in managing site data and the maintenance of conceptual model and time series outputs at a complex site over an extended period. Leakages of TCE and the subsequent ...

  • Assessment and Reporting on Soil Erosion

    Untitled Document This report presents the results of a peer review of work on soil erosion carried out by the EEA up until 2001. It also summarises the conclusions of an expert ...

  • Soil and groundwater remediation

    At a site in northern Indiana on behalf of a multinational client, Troy Risk operated a groundwater remediation system to cleanup the source of chlorinated solvent impact to a groundwater aquifer system. Prior to 1988, the site was occupied by a manufacturing facility. In March 1995, chlorinated volatile compounds (CVOCs) were detected pursuant to due diligence for real estate refinancing. From ...


    By Troy Risk, Inc.

  • Changing climate changes soils

    Varied predictions for soil organic matter as climate changes The hottest months. The snowiest winters. Catastrophic floods and droughts. Climate change impacts lives across the world in drastic and unpredictable ways. This unpredictability also extends to the more subtle – yet still important – effects of climate change. For example, it is ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • Fighting soil contamination with XRF

    Soil contamination Complying with new environmental regulations is a fast growing concern for companies and local officials tasked with ensuring that industries reduce pollution and clean up after themselves. It’s a particularly challenging issue when it comes to soil contamination It’s not always easy to detect as it silently contaminates crops and the ground water supply. XRF ...

  • Digital soil-class mapping from proximal and remotely sensed data at the field level

    Effective agronomic management at the field level requires an understanding of the spatial distribution of soil because edaphological processes are a function of interrelationships among the physical and chemical properties. In precision agriculture, these interrelationships need to be considered to create soil management classes. In order to identify management classes, the age-old questions ...

  • Remote sensing of soil degradation: Introduction

    In the 21st century, mapping and monitoring the occurrence of soil degradation will be an important component of successful land management. Remote sensing, with its unique ability to measure across space and time, will be an increasingly indispensible tool for assessing degradation. However, much of the recent experience and progress in using remote sensing and other geospatial technologies to ...

  • Soil Resources of Europe 2nd edition

    This volume provides the most comprehensive summary yet attempted of the current position regarding the detail and availability of soil information, particularly spatial data, at national and European levels. The first comprehensive summary of base-line soil resource data in Europe emerged from a meeting of the Heads of European Soil Surveys and Soil Data Centres, held at Silsoe in 1989 (EUR ...


  • Compost Data Tracking And Analysis

    From tip fee invoice tracking to process control to compost product sampling, information gathering, analysis and reporting are key to successful facility operations.   COMPOSTING is a highly regulated component ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Digital Soil Mapping as a Support to Production of Functional Maps

    Numerous environmental and socio-economic models (risk assessment, scenario testing, etc.) require soil parameters as inputs to estimate and forecast changes in our future life conditions. However, the availability of soil data is limited on both national and European scales. Soil information (i) is either missing at the appropriate scale, (ii) its meaning is not well explained for reliable ...


  • How To Complete A Soil Test The Right Way

    A soil test should be one of the first steps you take in your landscape plan. Many of us never take this important first step, which contributes, to wasted resources and wasted time. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says soil testing is an “essential” tool that provides information on fertility and pH. Testing also indicates ...


    By Jain Irrigation, Inc

  • Sorption and resistant desorption of Atrazine in typical Chinese soils

    Atrazine is one of the most commonly used herbicides and is produced and used in large quantity worldwide. In the present study, the sorption and desorption of atrazine in five typical Chinese soils were examined. The sorption of atrazine followed the conventional linear isotherm reasonably well, indicating that sorption was driven largely by hydrophobic partitioning into soil organic matter. ...

  • Building soils for storm water compliance and successful landscapes

    THE SOILS for Salmon project - initiated in 1999 by the Washington Organic Recycling Council (WORC) - has been building momentum through collaboration with the Washington Department of Transportation (WSDOT), regulators at the state Department of Ecology, local governments, scientists, and green leaders in the building, landscape and development industries. Over the years, the Soils for Salmon ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Groundwater monitoring and assessment with ESdat environmental data management software and its use in groundwater remediation plans

    Groundwater investigations, contaminated/industrial sites, landfill and regulatory compliance are all ideal areas for environmental consultants and site managers, specializing in groundwater monitoring and assessment, to use environmental data management software. A successful groundwater ...

  • Digging for data on Africa’s climate future

    The cardboard box is covered with a layer of dust so thick it must have been tucked away in this Kenyan basement for decades. The researcher wipes off the dust and rummages through the papers stored inside by someone long since retired. Sheet after sheet of neatly typed paper emerges, the faded rows of numbers detailing rainfall, temperature and wind speed. In a way, the researcher is hunting for ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Using Electromagnetic induction to characterize soils - Case Study

    Electrical conductivity measurements have been used for years to determine salinity and moisture in soils. Probes were inserted directly into the soil to determine how well the soil conducted an applied current. This process was slow and labor-intensive and was usually reserved for scientific studies. A more recent technique for measuring conductivity is electromagnetic induction (EM), a ...


    By Geonics Limited

  • Managing site data and the maintenance of conceptual model and time series outputs at a complex site over an extended period - Case Study

    Background Leakages of TCE and the subsequent groundwater contamination at an industrial facility in Adelaide have led to an ongoing investigation and remediation program conducted since 1999. This work comprised site characterisation and remediation, including borehole drilling, monitoring well installation, soil, groundwater and vapour sampling, laboratory analysis and preliminary ...

  • Deriving site‐specific soil clean‐up values for metals and metalloids: Rationale for including protection of soil microbial processes

    Although it is widely recognized that microorganisms are essential for sustaining soil fertility, structure, nutrient cycling, groundwater purification and other soil functions, soil microbial toxicity data were excluded from the derivation of Ecological Soil Screening Levels (Eco‐SSL) in the United States. Among the reasons for such exclusion were claims that microbial toxicity tests were too ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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