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ENV.2007. Development and improvement of technologies for data collection in (digital) soil mapping

Call Text

Development, implementation and validation of new field, remote and proximal observation technologies; capable to improve, accelerate and objectify the collection of soil data, whilst at the same time allowing for the development of non-destructive and minimally-invasive approaches. This action should provide improved technologies for measuring soil properties, including physical and hydrologic properties, capable of giving information about several soil functions. Well known techniques, such as electromagnetic induction (EMI) or georadar, should be further improved and validated, and other possible geophysical (such as magnetic or micro-seismic) and spectroscopic techniques should be explored. Data processing tools are needed for the enhancement and correction of source data. The participation of industrial partners, and in particular of SMEs, is essential. The projects should support the
implementation of the Soil Thematic Strategy.

Expected impact: Improvement of spatial analysis of soils and soil functions, in relation to indicators for degradation threats. A substantial improvement in technologies for acquiring soil data is expected in terms of spatial resolution, measurement precision, reliable correlation with main soil functions and operational/economical feasibility.

14 proposals were submitted that illustrate the importance of this topic.Two proposals are supported in this call:

Cooperation with the project DIGISOIL: an integrated system of data collection technologies for mapping soil properties is planned.

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Important Information

Project ended in November 2011

CWA 16373 "Best Practice Approach for electromagnetic induction measurements of the near surface" is published and available at CEN or DIN Berlin

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iSOIL is a member of the SOIL TECHNOLOGY CLUSTER of Research Projects funded by the EC

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