iSOIL – Interactions between soil related sciences – Linking geophysics, soil science and digital soil mapping

Project acronym: iSOIL 
Project full title: Interactions between soil related sciences – Linking geophysics, soil science and digital soil mapping
Call identifier: FP7-ENV-2007-1 
Call: ENV.2007. Development and improvement of technologies for data collection in (digital) soil mapping; 
Start: 01/06/2008 Duration: 42m; 
Consortium: ENV.2007. Development and improvement of technologies for data collection in (digital) soil mapping 
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 (Sep 2011) Data: The project has generated a number of maps/datasets (geophysical, electromagnetic, spectroscopic) for the Nine (9) main project field sites - from Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Bulgaria - that can be used by other scientists. The data are availabe for Free download after prior registration


iSOIL is a collaborate project co-funded by the Research DG of the European Commission within the RTD activities of the FP7 Thematic Priority Environment.

iSOIL will develop, validate and evaluate concepts and strategies for an improved soil mapping. Therefore, three topics are of major methodological interest (1) Development of geophysical techniques, (2) Development of geophysical transfer functions and (3) Digital Soil Mapping. This requires the combination and integration of different measuring techniques, of pedometrical and pedophysical approaches, enhanced DSM techniques, as well as subsequent modelling approaches. In so doing, structures of landscapes and different types of land use must be taken into account using a hierarchical approach.

The final aim of the project is to provide techniques and recommendations for high resolution, economically feasible, and target oriented soil mapping under conditions realistic for end-user.

An important aspect of the project is the sustainable dissemination of the technologies and concepts developed through workshops at regional level, international conferences and publications. For this purpose a handbook with set of guidelines or best practices on how to use and choose different soil sensors within the mobile sensor platform depending on the aim at hand will be written and published.


WP1: Platforms:technical integration of sensors 
Concept of mobile measuring platforms, Integration of “known” sensors such as EM38DD, EM31, gamma-ray spectrometer, magnetics, hyperspectral measurements.

WP2: Emerging and monitoring technologies 
Assessment of mechanical soil strength with the propagation of acoustic waves
Assessment of soil properties with near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR)
Soil characterization with spectral induced polarization (SIP)

WP3: Pedophysics 
Definition of relationships between (combinations of) measured geophysical parameters and the soil characteristics of interest.

WP4: Pedometrics
Design of sampling schemes
Improvement and development of digital soil mapping approaches 
Development of new models and transfer functions
Cross-Scale Analysis
Methodology for preparation of soil property and soil functional maps
Methods for implementation of soil monitoring

WP5: Application and validation
Application and validation of various soil function and soil threat models based on data provided by the integrated approach of geophysical sensing and digital soil mapping (WP 1-4) on test sites with known soil degradation impact

WP6: Guidelines and data implementation
CEN Workshop : Best Practice Approach for electromagnetic induction measurements of the near surface
Handbook: Set of guidelines or best practices on how to use and choose different soil sensors within the mobile sensor platform depending on the aim at hand
Preparing data for implementation in European data bases – data management systems

WP7: Dissemination of results 
Dissemination of results of iSOIL
Communication of the current state
Feedback from policy, regulators, end users
- Publications


JRC as the Focal Point for Soil Information in Europe will perform research on how to transfer the knowledge/data/algorithms gained by the WPs 1 to 5 into the ESDAC data structure / algorithm database as well participate in WP4 - Pedometrics with modelling of soil threats.


Beneficiary name Beneficiary short name
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung UFZ
Bulgarian Academy of Science GPhI
Allied Associates Geophysical Ltd. AAG
Allsat GmbH network + services ANS
Crop Research Institute CRI
Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague CULS
Eijkelkamp EK
Comite Europeen de Normalisation CEN
Geo-Infometric GmbH GI
Institute for Environment and Sustainability JRC
The Soil Company SC
Universität Bern UB
National Soil Resources Institute, Cranfield University CU
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel CAU
Universita` degli studi di Padova UPD
Universität Tübingen UT
Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft mbH JR
Universität Bonn UBO


Journal "Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods" 
Fenny M. van Egmond, Peter Dietrich, Ulrike Werban & Uta Sauer, 2009, iSOIL: exploring the soil as the basis for quality crop production and food security, Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods ISSN 1757-8361

Vadose Zone Journal
Germann, P.F., and S. A. al Hagrey. 2009. Gravity-driven and viscosity-dominated infiltration into a full-scale sand model. Vadose Zone Journal7:1160-1169.

Book chapter of the 1st Global Workshop on High Resolution Digital Soil Sensing and Mapping
U. Werban, T. Behrens, G. Cassiani and P. Dietrich, 2009; iSOIL – An EU-level Project to Integrate Geophysics, Digital Soil Mapping and Soil Science

Geophysical Journal International (in press)
Brovelli A. and G. Cassiani, 2009, Effective permittivity of porous media: development of a new law

Transport in Porous Media
Brovelli A. and G. Cassiani, 2009, Sensitivity of intrinsic permeability to electrokinetic coupling in shaly and clayey porous media, Transport in Porous Media, DOI 10.1007/s11242-009-9472-4

Near Surface Geophysics
Cassiani, G., A. Kemna, A.Villa, and E. Zimmermann, 2009, Spectral induced polarization for the characterization of free-phase hydrocarbon contamination in sediments with low clay content, Near Surface Geophysics, special issue on Hydrogeophysics, p. 547-562.

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Title: iSOIL project (Interactions between soil related sciences)
Resource Type: Datasets, Soil Projects Data
Registration requested: Request Form
Year: 2011
Publisher: JRC and iSOIL partners