This week has taken me to far flung Benguerir in central Morocco to attend the inaugural Agri Analytics meeting. This is a forum about digital agriculture, and I was keen to see how other people in the world are grappling with the data and associated analytics and processes which are driving the present revolution in agriculture throughout the world. These sorts of meetings are becoming regular events around the world, with Australia being no stranger to them either where I have attended a few to date. The format for this particular meeting were a number of invited talks by people from mainly universities and the private sector to a diverse audience which included Government officials dealing in agriculture, public institutions, academics and post-grad students, farmer groups, and digital ag service providers. There was an international flavour to this meeting but most people were from either Africa or Europe, with a few from Latin America and the US. I was the only attendee from Australia, and I met a colleague from New Zealand, so we were kind of special perhaps even exotic. I presented some work on digital soil mapping, and what we know we can do with it already for delivery of critical soil information to support decision making at all manner of spatial scales.

Journal Paper Digests 2018 #9

  • Spatial distribution and source apportionment of the heavy metals in the agricultural soil in a regional scale

Journal Paper Digests 2018 #8

  • Nitrogen-rich organic soils under warm well-drained conditions are global nitrous oxide emission hotspots.
  • Review and outlook for agromineral research in agriculture and climate mitigation
  • Open geospatial infrastructure for data management and analytics in interdisciplinary research
  • Abnormal shapes of production function: Model interpretations
  • Deep learning models for plant disease detection and diagnosis.
  • Exchange of greenhouse gases between soil and atmosphere: interactions of soil physical factors and biological processes
  • Building an exposed soil composite processor (SCMaP) for mapping spatial and temporal characteristics of soils with Landsat imagery (1984-2014).
  • An assessment of the differences between spatial resolution and grid size for the SMAP enhanced soil moisture product over homogeneous sites
  • Remote sensing of biodiversity: Soil correction and data dimension reduction methods improve assessment of alpha-diversity (species richness) in prairie ecosystems.
  • Using Landsat and nighttime lights for supervised pixel-based image classification of urban land cover
  • Supervised methods of image segmentation accuracy assessment in land cover mapping
  • Quantifying the uncertainty of a model-reconstructed soilscape for archaeological land evaluation
  • Proximal spectral sensing in pedological assessments: vis-NIR spectra for soil classification based on weathering and pedogenesis
  • Soil carbon cycling proxies: Understanding their critical role in predicting climate change feedbacks
  • Contribution of crop model structure, parameters and climate projections to uncertainty in climate change impact assessments
  • Digital mapping of soil erodibility for water erosion in New South Wales, Australia
  • Linking Land Use Capability classes and APSIM to estimate pasture growth for regional land use planning

Journal Paper Digests 2018 #7

  • Modelling soil-water dynamics in the rootzone of structured and water-repellent soils
  • A parallel competitive Particle Swarm Optimization for non-linear first arrival traveltime tomography and uncertainty quantification
  • Fusion of pixel and object-based features for weed mapping using unmanned aerial vehicle imagery
  • How does no-till deliver carbon stabilization and saturation in highly weathered soils?
  • Study of applying naturally occurring mineral sorbents of Poland (dolomite halloysite, chalcedonite) for aided phytostabilization of soil polluted with heavy metals
  • Obtaining soil hydraulic parameters from soil water content data assimilation under different climatic/soil conditions
  • The Nitrogen Balancing Act: Tracking the Environmental Performance of Food Production

Journal Paper Digests 2018 #6

  • Temperature sensitivity of soil organic carbon decomposition increased with mean carbon residence time: Field incubation and data assimilation
  • Networking our science to characterize the state, vulnerabilities, and management opportunities of soil organic matter.
  • Soil pH as the chief modifier for regional nitrous oxide emissions: New evidence and implications for global estimates and mitigation.
  • Assessment of ecosystem resilience to hydroclimatic disturbances in India
  • Assessing uncertainties in crop and pasture ensemble model simulations of productivity and N2O emissions
  • Is Rock-Eval 6 thermal analysis a good indicator of soil organic carbon lability? - A method-comparison study in forest soils. Use of the USDA National Cooperative Soil Survey Soil Characterization Data to Detect Soil Change: A Cautionary Tale.