iSOIL - Interactions between soil related sciences -
Linking geophysics, soil science and digital soil mapping


iSOIL will develop, validate and evaluate necessary concepts and strategies for the transfer of measured physical parameter distribution into maps.

Currently available techniques for (digital) soil mapping still have some deficiencies in terms of realibility and precision. Therefore, it is necessary to develop new strategies and innovative methods for generating high resolution and accurate soil property maps, thereby reducing costs compared to traditional soil mapping.

This project tackles the challenges by integrating three major components mentioned below.

Integration of three major components

  1. High resolution, non-destructive geophysical (e.g. Electromagnetic Induction EMI; Ground Penetrating Radar, GPR; magnetics, seismics) and spectroscopic (e.g., Near Surface Infrared, NIR) methods
  2. Concepts of Digital Soil Mapping (DSM) and pedometrics
  3. Optimized soil sampling with respect to profound soil scientific and (geo)statistical strategies
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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

iSOIL data are available at

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

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