Inventory of conversion algorithms from soil types to soil properties

Title Inventory of conversion algorithms from soil types to soil properties
Description The ISRIC library has many soil maps from all over the world. These maps specify the spatial distribution of soil types at various scales and are a rich source of information. However, many users require maps of soil properties, such as the clay content, organic carbon content or pH of the soil. In this internship you will make an inventory of conversion rules from soil type to soil property value using so-called ‘taxo-transfer functions’ by reviewing the scientific literature and map documentations. To manage the workload you may select a particular soil property and particular region of the world. Of special interest to us is that we not only want the conversion rules but also the associated uncertainties, by specifying ranges or confidence intervals associated with each conversion rule. You will also check the literature on this aspect. At the end of the internship you will write a (brief) report that may be published as an official ISRIC report.
Requirements
  • Registered university MSc student in the earth and/or environmental sciences (preferrably soil science).
  • Proficiency in English.
ISRIC supervisor Dr G.B.M. (Gerard) Heuvelink
Starting date Any time until March 1, 2014
Duration Between three and six months