Science Coordinator Bob MacMillan (credit: Deutsche Welle)
Researchers from ISRIC and German colleagues explain how they are creating digital soil property maps in a video made by the Deutsche Welle. The researchers are part of the globalsoilmap.net the international consortium working on spatial information systems of functional soil properties such as pH, water storage and amount of soil organic matter – properties important for global issues including food security. Coordinator Bob MacMillan, ISRIC scientist Hannes Reuter and colleagues from the Helmholtz Centre tell how they are collecting the data, using less expensive methods than in the past. Soil profiles, paper maps obtained from ISRIC and newly acquired geophysical and spectral data, supplied by Helmholtz Centre for Environment Research in Leipzig, provide the basis for the mapping process. The video can be watched in German and English.