Several targets of Sustainable Development Goals depend on the soil condition, as they impact ecosystems functioning and food, fibre and timber production. Soil condition regulates the climate, hydrological and nutrient cycle and provide resilience against floods and droughts. Addressing these global issues also requires reliable tools for global soil monitoring, such as Earth Observation (EO) products for mapping and monitoring soils. This contemporary research would greatly benefit from synergies between pedometrics and spectroscopy/remote sensing scientists. There is the need to create models linking soil properties with ancillary environmental variables, such as proximal and remote sensing data. These models will allow to understand the processes happening in the soil and in the landscape with space-time patterns, at different scales. In this session, we aim to bring together scientists working on research related to using the full range of pedometrics and soil sensing techniques available for mapping and monitoring soils. A preliminary view indicates some pillars as follows: a) the link between spectroscopy and wet soil laboratory analysis, seeking for the best strategy to evolve soil quality analysis; b) the link between proximal and remote sensing, with soil analysis; c) the link between proximal/remote sensing and pedometrics for extrapolating relationships established at point support to the spatial and temporal extent covered by proximal/remote sensing. We will aim to identify priorities for the future in what is an active area of collaborative research.
V.L. (Titia) MulderECSECS
Bas van Wesemael