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Soil mapping and monitoring

Access to detailed knowledge about soil and its properties is essential to a range of activities, e.g. precision farming, handling of contaminated soils and management of soils with varied fertility. The high costs involved in acquiring and compiling detailed soil data in classical soil mapping activity is a barrier to the implementation of detailed soil data driven management.

Soil monitoring is one of the pillars in keeping a sustainable soil resource by assessing the state of soil health and fertility being the basis future agriculture and ecosystem management. Detecting and preventing soil degradation, erosion, and contamination. Monitoring the effectiveness of soil management and conservation practices and predicting and adapting to the impacts of climate change on soil properties and agricultural productivity.