soil mapping News

  • Soil maps generate reliable quaternary geologic map

    Geologists, archeologists, anthropologists, ecologists, engineers, and natural resource managers routinely use National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) data across field sciences. Researchers at Iowa State University decided to test the reliability of this data as applied in geology, and sought to create the best possible Quaternary geology map of the Des Moines Lobe solely using NCSS data. Their ...

  • New soil map for African farmers

    Responding to sub-Saharan Africa's soil health crisis, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) announced this week an ambitious new effort to produce the first-ever, detailed digital soil map for all 42 countries of the region. This project combines the latest soil science and technology with remote satellite imagery and on-the-ground efforts to analyze thousands of soil samples ...

  • NASA launches groundbreaking soil moisture mapping satellite

    NASA successfully launched its first Earth satellite designed to collect global observations of the vital soil moisture hidden just beneath our feet. The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) observatory, a mission with broad applications for science and society, lifted off at 6:22 a.m. PST (9:22 a.m. EST) Saturday from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on a United Launch Alliance Delta II ...

  • Scientists map soils on an extinct American volcano

    Union County New Mexico is a landscape of striking diversity. Out of expansive rangelands rise sporadic yet majestic cinder cone volcanoes and mesas preserved by basalt, part of the Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field. Capulin volcano, formed approximately 62,000 years ago, is the youngest volcano in the field. The cone rises 396 m from the plain, reaching an altitude of 2,495 m above sea level. The ...

  • Mapping Earth`s soil moisture with NASA

    Professor Dara Entekhabi from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is to lead a science team designing a NASA satellite mission to collect global soil moisture measurements and other data seen as key to improving weather, flood and drought forecasts and predictions of agricultural productivity and climate change. At present, scientists have no network for gathering soil ...

  • Interactions between soil related sciences – linking geophysics, soil science and digital soil mapping

    iSOIL is a collaborate project co-funded by the Research DG of the European Commission within the RTD activities of the FP7 Thematic Priority Environment. iSOIL will develop, validate and evaluate concepts and strategies for an improved soil mapping. Therefore, three topics are of major methodological interest (1) Development of geophysical techniques, (2) Development of geophysical transfer ...

  • New mission will provide global maps of soil moisture and ocean salinity

    ESA's next Earth Explorer, SMOS, has just passed the all-important Flight Acceptance Review, signifying that all the elements that make up the mission are in place for launch later this year. The satellite can now be prepared for its journey to the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia. The Flight Acceptance Review is a formal procedure to ensure that all the mission elements are in order and ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • New map of soil loss by water erosion across Europe

    Soil erosion is an important issue in Europe, with consequences for water quality, ecosystem services supply and crop production. In this study, researchers enhanced an existing model to estimate soil loss and create an updated map of soil erosion across the EU. The authors say the tool can simulate the effects of land use changes and management practices and will support effective policy ...

  • LI-COR Offers New Tool for Mapping Soil CO2 Concentrations and Fluxes

    Real-time mapping of soil CO2 concentrations and fluxes are recorded by an integrated CO2 mapping tool with GPS unit introduced by LI-COR Biosciences. The ...


    By LI-COR

  • Sweco to map landslide risks in Gothenburg

    On behalf of the City of Gothenburg’s Urban Planning Office, Sweco is mapping slope stability conditions in a large number of areas in the municipality. This mapping is part of an initiative to adapt the city for future climate changes by preventing landslides and accidents. ”By identifying the risk for landslides it is possible to reduce the risk for property damage and prevent ...


    By Sweco

  • Northern Montana wetland and riparian mapping

    This project would support the mapping of wetlands and riparian areas for areas containing BLM ...

  • Carbon mapping to curb climate change and boost biodiversity

    A new UNEP-led mapping project shows how carbon stocks in Asia, Africa and Latin America overlap with biodiversity hotspots. The new maps pinpoint places where investments in carbon can contribute to community livelihoods, forest conservation and the fight against climate change. Compiled by a partnership led by UNEP's World Conservation Monitoring Centre, the maps overlay the carbon held in the ...

  • Mapping human health risk in urban environments

    A new study demonstrates how mapping software can be used to analyse data on heavy metal soil pollution in an urban environment. The researchers incorporated land use information to gain realistic estimates of potential risks to human health that could help inform land use planning. Human activities, including industrial manufacturing and road travel, contaminate the soil with heavy metals such ...

  • First standardised map of global land cover released

    The first map of detailed information on worldwide land cover collected using uniform international standards, the Global Land Cover-SHARE database, was released in March by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Experts say it will help to improve research into natural resources and monitor global environmental changes. “It is more precise and accurate ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Mapping Natura 2000 habitats across Europe

    A recent study has described a way to accurately map the distribution of different habitats across Europe. These maps contribute to the development of a Pan-European Ecological Network1 designed to conserve and manage the natural heritage of pan-Europe. Destruction of natural habitats is a major cause of biodiversity loss and the EU has implemented a number of initiatives designed to combat this ...

  • Evaluation NUVIA process to map radiological contaminations

    The evaluation has demonstrated that Kartotrak can provide key information to a project manager for a better risk management. After several technical exchanges between NUVIA Process and Geovariances about the use of geostatistics for radiologically contaminated soil characterization, a guided evaluation was conducted to try Kartotrak on a real dataset. The first ...


    By Geovariances

  • Kutztown University uses GPR to map cemetery

    In an attempt to determine if bodies originally buried at an old cemetery behind the present historical society were re-interred, university students and their professor spent Friday afternoon examining the old cemetery. Roughly a dozen students from Kutztown University and their instructor, Professor Laura Sherrod, used a magnetometer and ground penetrating radar to search for ...


    By Geomorph Instruments

  • Precompression stress in soils

    The precompression stress as a factor to assess the mechanical stability of soils is predictable by using pedotransfer functions. Over the past decades arable soils have been deteriorated because of the heavy machinery on the farm. Increase loads enhance subsoil compaction which is mostly irreversible. As a consequence of this deformation, the soil productivity decreases while the erodibility ...


  • New Technologies for Soil and Sediment

    EzraTerra, Inc. developed technologies for the current regulatory environment from a responsible party perspective. Sintered Wave – Thermal treatment for low to high molecular weight organic compounds. Permeation ...


    By Ezra Terra, Inc

  • Nagoya 2010: carbon mapping to curb climate change and boost biodiversity

    Mapping where a country's carbon stocks overlap with areas that are rich in wildlife and important for local peoples' livelihoods is underway in Asia, Africa and Latin America. The aim is to support international efforts to conserve forests in order to combat climate change. But in a way that delivers other benefits including conservation of economically-important ecosystems linked with water, ...

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