Towards the latter part of October 2017, i had the pleasure of, with my colleague Budiman Minasny, to conduct an intensive digital soil mapping training course in Korea for scientists in the Rural Development Agency. Also on this whirlwind trip, i attended at the Korean Soil and Fertiliser Conference. Here i delivered a keynote talk about soil carbon mapping in Australia. My colleagues, Budiman and Dominique Arrourays and Darren Kidd also presented keynotes at the conference- “Technology and Prospects of Digital Soil Mapping”.

Journal Paper Digests 2017 #31

  • An Assessment of Pedotransfer Function Performance for the Estimation of Spatial Variability of Key soil Hydraulic Properties
  • Spatial Distribution of Organic Matter Compounds at Intact Macropore Surfaces Predicted by DRIFT Spectroscopy
  • Introduction of Faba bean in crop rotation: Impacts on soil chemical and biological characteristics
  • SituResp (R): A time- and cost-effective method to assess basal soil respiration in the field
  • Exploring the reservoir of potential fungal plant pathogens in agricultural soil
  • Near real time de-noising of satellite-based soil moisture retrievals: An intercomparison among three different techniques
  • Landsat images and crop model for evaluating water stress of rainfed soybean
  • The optical trapezoid model: A novel approach to remote sensing of soil moisture applied to Sentinel-2 and Landsat-8 observations
  • A new method for crop classification combining time series of radar images and crop phenology information
  • Spatial variability of Australian soil texture: A multiscale analysis
  • Multiscale contextual spatial modelling with the Gaussian scale space
  • A new evaluation approach of World War One’s devastated front zone: A shell hole density map based on historical aerial photographs and validated by electromagnetic induction field measurements to link the metal shrapnel phenomenon
  • Modified Centroid for Estimating Sand, Silt, and Clay from Soil Texture Class
  • Statistics, Scoring Functions, and Regional Analysis of a Comprehensive Soil Health Database

Journal Paper Digests 2017 #30

  • Microbial biomass and biological activity of soils and soil-like bodies in coastal oases of Antarctica
  • Laboratory Analytical Methods for the Determination of the Hydrocarbon Status of Soils (a Review)
  • Comparison of Three Methods for Vertical Extrapolation of Soil Moisture in Oklahoma
  • Revisiting the horizontal redistribution of water in soils: Experiments and numerical modeling
  • A new approach for zoning irregularly-spaced, within-field data
  • Microbial community-level regulation explains soil carbon responses to long-term litter manipulations
  • Algorithms vs. surveyors: A comparison of automated landform delineations and surveyed topographic positions from soil mapping in an Alpine environment
  • Sensor data fusion for soil health assessment
  • Potential contribution of soil diversity and abundance metrics to identifying high nature value farmland (HNV)
  • Soil organic carbon dynamics jointly controlled by climate, carbon inputs, soil properties and soil carbon fractions

The Pedometrics conference was held in Wageningen, The Netherlands during the latter part on June 2017. This was my first ever attendance to a Pedometrics conference. The occasion was made more special due to the fact that it was a celebration of sorts for Pedometrics. Pedometrics is the domain of soil science that uses quantitative methods to understand soils and how that exist, function and change. The first Pedometrics conference occurred in 1992, and also in Wageningen. This meant that in addition to the usual scientific discussions, there was a sense of reflection and celebration of Pedometrics turning 25 throughout the week.

Journal Paper Digests 2017 #29

  • Parallelization of interpolation, solar radiation and water flow simulation modules in GRASS GIS using OpenMP
  • Nitrogen balance in Australia and nitrogen use efficiency on Australian farms
  • Deriving adaptive operating rules of hydropower reservoirs using time-varying parameters generated by the EnKF
  • A geospatial decision support system for supporting quality viticulture at the landscape scale
  • A generic ontological network for Agri-food experiment integration - Application to viticulture and winemaking
  • Bayesian principal component regression model with spatial effects for forest inventory variables under small field sample size