DIGISOIL

Digisoil: Integrated system of data collection technologies for mapping soil properties

Call:FP7-ENV-2007-1; Start: 01/09/2008 
Duration: 36m; 
Call: “Development and improvement of technologies for data collection in (digital) soil mapping ”
Area: 6.3.1.2 Soil
Consortium: 10 scientific partners (universities, research centers, SMEs)
Other Information: DIGISOIL is one member of the Soil Technology Cluster of Research Projects funded by the EC

The multidisciplinary DIGISOIL consortium intends to integrate and improve in situ and proximal measurement technologies for the assessment of soil properties and soil degradation indicators, going from the sensing technologies to their integration and their application in (digital) soil mapping (DSM). In addition, our SMEs experience will allow taking into account the feasibility of such developments based on economical constraints, reliability of the results and needs of the DSM community.

In order to assess and prevent soil degradation and to benefit from the different ecological, economical and historical functions of the soil in a sustainable way, there is an obvious need for high resolution and accurate maps of soil properties. The core objective of the project is to explore and exploit new capabilities of advanced geophysical technologies for answering this societal demand. To this aim, DIGISOIL addresses four issues covering technological, soil science and economic aspects: (i) the validation of geophysical (in situ, proximal and airborne) technologies and integrated pedo-geophysical inversion techniques (mechanistic data fusion) (ii) the relation between the geophysical parameters and the soil properties, (iii) the integration of the derived soil properties for mapping soil functions and soil threats, (iv) the evaluation, standardisation and sub-industrialization of the proposed methodologies, including technical and economical studies.

With respect to these issues, the milestones of the DIGISOIL project are:

  • (1) To develop, test and validate the most relevant geophysical technologies for mapping soil properties: geoelectric, seismic, GPR/EMI, magnetic and airborne hyperspectral;
  • (2) To establish correlations between the measured geophysical measurements and the soil properties involved in soil functions / threats (erosion, compaction, organic matter decline, salinisation and shallow landslides) by using innovative data processing (inversion) and correlation protocols;
  • (3)To evaluate the societal impact of the developed techniques by investigating their relevance relative to the end-user needs, the technical feasibility and the cost effectiveness;
  • (4)To produce an exploitation plan including the standardization of the processes and the technical specifications of the developed methodologies describing the system components in terms of equipment (sensors, acquisition system, mobile vector), techniques (signal processing, inversion or fusion processes, specialization) and operational protocols.

DSM Survey

The DIGISOIL Consortium involved the SOIL team of the JRC in the process of developing a new technology for the assessment of soil properties and soil degradation indicators that can be used for producing high quality geo-referenced soil maps. Before deploying the technology, and in order to better target it to the end user, JRC has conducted a survey which aimed to assess the economic feasibility of such an undertaking and its relevance to the end user. The results of this survey and more information on the Digital Soil Maps are published in the article:
Diafas, J. Panagos, P., Montanarella, L. 2013. Willingness to Pay for Soil Information: A Choice Experiment Approach. Vadose Zone Journal Vol. 12, No.4. doi:10.2136/vzj2012.0198.

In this publication, the authors estimated the economic value of soil information generated by a host of new proximal and in situ geophysical methods for the assessment of the following soil properties: carbon content, water content, clay content, bulk density, and soil depth. Therefore, they designed and applied a choice experiment as a technique in valuing soil information. Spatial resolution and map interpretation were also included as attributes, in addition to the soil properties. The survey reveals potential end-users and for what purpose they would want to use the offered maps. The authors were able to estimate the end-users' willingness to pay for individual features of the maps. One result is a particularly strong preference for maps of high resolution and accuracy that offer map interpretation in addition to a number of soil properties.


Project Partners

Short name Participant organisation name Country
BRGM BRGM FR
INRA INRA FR
UCL Université catholique de Louvain BE
FZJ Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH DE
JRC Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability EU - JRC
GIR Geological Institute of Romania RO
UPA University of Pannonia HU
ABEM ABEM SE
GAV Galileo Avionica IT
UNIFI University of Firenze IT

 

References

Diafas, J. Panagos, P., Montanarella, L. 2013. Willingness to Pay for Soil Information: A Choice Experiment ApproachVadose Zone Journal Vol. 12, No.4. doi:10.2136/vzj2012.0198. Contact the Authors to get a Copy of the Article.

Digisoil: Integrated system of data collection technologies for mapping soil properties

Call:FP7-ENV-2007-1; Start: 01/09/2008 
Duration: 36m; 
Call: “Development and improvement of technologies for data collection in (digital) soil mapping ”
Area: 6.3.1.2 Soil
Consortium: 10 scientific partners (universities, research centers, SMEs)
Other Information: DIGISOIL is one member of the Soil Technology Cluster of Research Projects funded by the EC

The multidisciplinary DIGISOIL consortium intends to integrate and improve in situ and proximal measurement technologies for the assessment of soil properties and soil degradation indicators, going from the sensing technologies to their integration and their application in (digital) soil mapping (DSM). In addition, our SMEs experience will allow taking into account the feasibility of such developments based on economical constraints, reliability of the results and needs of the DSM community.

In order to assess and prevent soil degradation and to benefit from the different ecological, economical and historical functions of the soil in a sustainable way, there is an obvious need for high resolution and accurate maps of soil properties. The core objective of the project is to explore and exploit new capabilities of advanced geophysical technologies for answering this societal demand. To this aim, DIGISOIL addresses four issues covering technological, soil science and economic aspects: (i) the validation of geophysical (in situ, proximal and airborne) technologies and integrated pedo-geophysical inversion techniques (mechanistic data fusion) (ii) the relation between the geophysical parameters and the soil properties, (iii) the integration of the derived soil properties for mapping soil functions and soil threats, (iv) the evaluation, standardisation and sub-industrialization of the proposed methodologies, including technical and economical studies.

With respect to these issues, the milestones of the DIGISOIL project are:

  • (1) To develop, test and validate the most relevant geophysical technologies for mapping soil properties: geoelectric, seismic, GPR/EMI, magnetic and airborne hyperspectral;
  • (2) To establish correlations between the measured geophysical measurements and the soil properties involved in soil functions / threats (erosion, compaction, organic matter decline, salinisation and shallow landslides) by using innovative data processing (inversion) and correlation protocols;
  • (3)To evaluate the societal impact of the developed techniques by investigating their relevance relative to the end-user needs, the technical feasibility and the cost effectiveness;
  • (4)To produce an exploitation plan including the standardization of the processes and the technical specifications of the developed methodologies describing the system components in terms of equipment (sensors, acquisition system, mobile vector), techniques (signal processing, inversion or fusion processes, specialization) and operational protocols.

DSM Survey

The DIGISOIL Consortium involved the SOIL team of the JRC in the process of developing a new technology for the assessment of soil properties and soil degradation indicators that can be used for producing high quality geo-referenced soil maps. Before deploying the technology, and in order to better target it to the end user, JRC has conducted a survey which aimed to assess the economic feasibility of such an undertaking and its relevance to the end user. The results of this survey and more information on the Digital Soil Maps are published in the article:
Diafas, J. Panagos, P., Montanarella, L. 2013. Willingness to Pay for Soil Information: A Choice Experiment Approach. Vadose Zone Journal Vol. 12, No.4. doi:10.2136/vzj2012.0198.

In this publication, the authors estimated the economic value of soil information generated by a host of new proximal and in situ geophysical methods for the assessment of the following soil properties: carbon content, water content, clay content, bulk density, and soil depth. Therefore, they designed and applied a choice experiment as a technique in valuing soil information. Spatial resolution and map interpretation were also included as attributes, in addition to the soil properties. The survey reveals potential end-users and for what purpose they would want to use the offered maps. The authors were able to estimate the end-users' willingness to pay for individual features of the maps. One result is a particularly strong preference for maps of high resolution and accuracy that offer map interpretation in addition to a number of soil properties.


Project Partners

Short name Participant organisation name Country
BRGM BRGM FR
INRA INRA FR
UCL Université catholique de Louvain BE
FZJ Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH DE
JRC Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability EU - JRC
GIR Geological Institute of Romania RO
UPA University of Pannonia HU
ABEM ABEM SE
GAV Galileo Avionica IT
UNIFI University of Firenze IT

 

References

Diafas, J. Panagos, P., Montanarella, L. 2013. Willingness to Pay for Soil Information: A Choice Experiment ApproachVadose Zone Journal Vol. 12, No.4. doi:10.2136/vzj2012.0198. Contact the Authors to get a Copy of the Article.

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Author: S.Lambot, G.Grandjean, K.Samyn, I.Cousin, J.Thiesson, A.Stevens, L.Chiarantini
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