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

Workshop for stakeholders, decision makers and experts at 8th European Conference on Precision Agriculture (July 12, 2011)

Impressions of stakeholder meeting in Prague 2011 (Foto: MET-UFZ)

The workshop took place during the 8th European Conference on Precision Agriculture from July
11-14, 2011 in Prague. The ECPA conference offered a unique insight into the most recent research and development in precision agriculture. At the same time, the latest scientific results from worldwide research, field studies and practical application of these important technologies was presented. The workshop “Soil mapping approaches in the policy context” was on July 12, 2011. This special session aimed to provide an overview of the status of soil threats in Europe and introduce new approaches and techniques in Digital Soil Mapping, including the iSOIL approach for mapping at large scales. Two other projects such as GEOSS and iGreen also gave an introduction into their projects and showed the interlinkage with iSOIL. About 25 participants of the ECPA conference followed the presentations:

  • Need for interpreted soil information for policy making in field of plant nutrition (Dr. Ing. Pavel Čermák; ÚKZÚZ - Central Institute for Supervising and Testing in Agriculture)
  • Soil Threats - Status and Monitoring (Panos Panagos, Joint Research Institute)
  • Global Soil data - Major European achievements that can be attributed to the GEOSS (Dr. Ing. Simona Losmanová (Coordinator NS GEOSS / GMES CENIA, Czech Environmental Information Agency)
  • Approaches in Digital Soil Mapping (Prof. Dr. Ing. Luboš Borůvka, CULS)
  • New approaches in the iSOIL project (Dr. Peter Dietrich, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ)
  • Approaches in iGreen (Prof. Dr. Ing. Pickel, John Deere Werke Mannheim)

After the session, it was possible to observe demonstrations of the measuring equipment at a nearby test field. The participants had the chance to get an introduction into soil sampling equipment from Eijkelkamp and to see the mobile platforms with the gamma-ray spectrometer and the EM38 in action.

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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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