A global consortium has been formed that aims to make a new digital soil map of the world using state-of-the-art and emerging technologies for soil mapping and predicting soil properties at fine resolution. This new global soil map will be supplemented by interpretation and functionality options that aim to assist better decisions in a range of global issues like food production and hunger eradication, climate change, and environmental degradation. This is an initiative of the Digital Soil Mapping Working Group of the International Union of Soil Sciences IUSS. To contribute to activities and discussion of science committee please sign-in.
Submitted by admin on March 29, 2011 - 10:31
A group of researchers at the Center for Geoinformatics (Salzburg University) have recently produced a global physiographic classification map at a resolution of 1 km. Classification results are embedded within a web application available at the following address
Submitted by admin on March 15, 2011 - 15:18
The new version of the Spline Tool v2.0 developed at CSIRO Land and Water has been recently released.
The tool allows the user to estimate soil properties for standard depth intervals using mass preserving splines from input profiles with irregular or non-contiguous depth intervals.
In November 2008, an $18 million grant has been obtained from the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to map most parts in Sub-Sahara Africa, and make all Sub-Saharan Africa data available. From this grant there are also funds for coordinating global efforts and for the establishment of a global consortium. Several institutions have assumed a leading role in this effort and have made substantial financial and in-kind contributions.
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