Today’s data-driven agriculture demands access to high-resolution spatial and temporal soil data streams. Soil spectroscopy can help fill this data gap. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy is becoming an indispensable tool in soil science; however, several technical challenges still limit its broader application outside of research projects.

SoilSpec4GG is a USDA-funded Food and Agriculture Cyberinformatics Tools Coordinated Innovation Network with two overarching goals:

  1. Accelerate the pace of scientific discovery in soil spectroscopy by facilitating and supporting a collaborative network of researchers.
  2. Develop an advanced yet intuitive, open source, web-hosted platform to predict various soil properties from MIR spectra collected on any spectrometer anywhere in the world.

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This project will bring together soil scientists, spectroscopists, informaticians, data scientists and software engineers to overcome some of the current bottlenecks preventing wider and more efficient use of soil spectroscopy.

  • A series of working groups will be formed to address topics including calibration transfer, model choice, outreach & demonstration, and use of spectroscopy to inform global carbon cycle modeling.
  • The network will create open source software to quality check, harmonize and standardize spectra and soil data collections.
  • The network will deliver a web-based software platform, The Open Soil Spectroscopy Library (OSSL), backed by large spectral databases and robust statistical models, which derives soil properties from the spectral data.
  • Demonstration, outreach and educational activities will promote the use of the Open Soil Spectral Library and data-driven science to help fill the soil data gap.