The book compiles the main ideas and methodologies that have been proposed and tested within these last fifteen years in the field of Digital Soil Mapping (DSM). Begining with current experiences of soil information system developments in various regions of the world, this volume presents states of the art of different topics covered by DSM: Conception and handling of soil databases, sampling methods, new soil spatial covariates, Quantitative spatial modelling, Quality assessment and representation of DSM outputs. This book provides a solid support to students, researchers and engineers interested in modernising soil survey approaches with numerical techniques. It is also of great interest for potential soil data users.

Key Features

* A new concept to meet the worldwide demand for spatial soil data * The first compilation of ideas and methodologies of Digital Soil Mapping * Offers a variety of specialities: soil surveying, geostatistics, data mining, fuzzy logic, remote sensing techniques, Geographical Information Science,...* Written by 82 researchers from 13 different countries


Soil scientists, physical geographers, ecologists, environmental scientists and planners.

Table of Contents

A. Introduction 1. Spatial soil information systems and spatial soil inference systems: perspectives for digital soil mapping P. Lagacherie & A.B. McBratney B. Digital soil mapping: current state and perspectives 2. A review of digital soil mapping in Australia Elisabeth Bui 3. The state of the art of Brazilian soil mapping and prospects for digital soil mapping Lou Mendonca et al. 4. The Soil Geographical Database of Eurasia at scale 1:1 000 000: history and perspective in digital soil mapping Joël Daroussin, Dominique King, Christine Le Bas, Borut Vrscaj & Luca Montanarella 5. Developing a Digital Soil Map for Finland. Harri Lilja & Raimo Nevalainen C. Conception and handling of soil databases 6. Adapting soil mapping practices to the proposed EU INSPIRE directive. Jean Dusart 7. Storage, maintenance and extraction of digital soil data Craig Feuerherdt, Nathan Robinson & Steve Williams 8. Towards a soil information system for uncertain data. Gerard Heuvelink & James Brown 9. The development of a quantitative procedure for soilscape delineation using digital elevation data for Europe. Endre Dobos & Luca Montanarella 10. Ontology-based multi-source data integration for digital soil mapping .Bart Krol, David Rossiter & Wouther Siderius D. Sampling methods for creating digital soil maps 11. Optimization of sample configurations for digital mapping of soil properties with universal krigin


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"The editors have undoubtedly brought together a great deal of information...the editors and authors deserve our commendation." - R. Webster in EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOIL SCIENCE