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Soil spectroscopy: state-of-the-art Open Source software

Wanderson de Sousa Mendes, Tomislav Hengl, Jonathan Sanderman, Katherine Todd-Brown, Leandro Leal Parente, Asa Gholizadeh

Essentially, the soil spectroscopy (SoilSpec) refers to the detection and analysis of the interaction between soil constituents and light (e.g. electromagnetic radiation) mainly across the (i) visible (Vis, 350 – 780 nm), (ii) near-infrared (NIR, 780 – 2500 nm), and (iii) mid-infrared (MIR, 2500 – 25000 nm…

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SoilSpec4GG First Meeting – 20 January 2021

Dear All,

We are pleased to inform you that the first meeting of SoilSpec4GG, a USDA-funded Food and Agriculture Cyberinformatics Tools Coordinated Innovation Network, is coming up in two weeks. This is an important stage as this project wants to be an asset to the soil spectroscopy community. Eventually, we will form a series of working groups to address topics including calibration transfer, model choice,…

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SoilSpec4GG project launch letter

I’m excited to announce that the US Department of Agriculture’s granting body, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), has selected our Food and Agriculture Cyberinformatics Tools Coordinated Innovation Network (FACT CIN) proposal “Soil Spectroscopy for the Global Good” for funding (award no. 2020-67021-32467). Many individuals contributed to the proposal development and provided greatly appreciated letters of support.

Soil spectroscopy is rapidly evolving…

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The NSSC-KSSL MIR spectral library

The USDA NRCS National Soil Survey Center – Kellogg Soil Survey Laboratory (NSSC-KSSL) has been quietly building one of the world’s largest libraries of mid infrared (MIR) spectra for soils. These diffuse reflectance spectral data complement the high quality traditional analytical data that the laboratory routinely produces for a number of physical, chemical and biological properties of soils. As of writing this post, there are over 75,000…

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Major grant launches new project to advance global soil science

Farmers around the world could see major advances in soil testing capability thanks to a new grant from the US Department of Agriculture’s granting body, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), to Woodwell Climate Research Center, OpenGeoHub and the University of Florida. The million-dollar grant will launch the Soil Spectroscopy for…

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