• Soil mapping, classification, and pedologic modeling: History and future directions

    Soil mapping, classification, and pedologic modelling have been important drivers in the advancement of our understanding of soil. Advancement in one of these highly interrelated areas tend to lead to corresponding advances in the others. Traditionally, soil maps have been desirable for purposes of land valuation, agronomic planning, and even in military operations. The expansion of the use of soil knowledge to address issues beyond agronomic production, such as land use planning, environmental concerns, energy security, water security, and human health, to name a few, requires new ways to communicate what we know about the soils we map as well as bringing forth research questions that were not widely considered in earlier soils studies.

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  • The Real Benefits of Digital Soil Mapping

    Traditional soil mapping methods are not as bad as they are sometimes made out to be, which can cause us to misunderstand the advancements we’ve made with digital soil mapping. In many cases, the most significant difference between traditional and digital soil maps is the quality and amount of data available to make the map. This is where digital soil mapping truly shines, because it would be practically impossible to utilize all of the data we have now for mapping soil using traditional methods.

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