Planning soil mapping projects

Course title: Planning soil mapping projects / soil mapping efficiency
Course code: ISRIC-MEFF
Subject areas (Curriculum): Soil and terrain mapping
Duration: 1-2 days
Short description: This course introduces concepts of mapping efficiency from both statistical and economic perspective. It promotes careful planning of the DSM projects (going from sampling, field data collection to actual production and dissemination of soil information). Theoretical concepts will be illustrated using real life case studies. Upon completing this course, the participants will be able to: estimate the costs of producing soil information per area units, evaluate and choose the best possible technique to produce soil information, write up supplementary documentation and improve usability of soil information
Moderators: T. (Tom) Hengl, G.B.M. (Gerard) Heuvelink, H.I. (Hannes) Reuter
Target audience: MSc level and PhD level students working with soil and/or environmental data.
Requirements: Knowledge requirements: GIS modelling (advanced) DSM (basic)
  1. Overview of DSM steps and procedures (1.5 hrs)
  2. Soil mapping efficiency and information content (1.5 hrs)
  3. Case study: estimating soil mapping efficiency using real data (1.5 hrs)
  4. Case study: estimating soil mapping efficiency using real data (1.5 hrs)
Software / materials: A copy of the case study will be provided at the beginning of the course Software (not obligatory):
  • R
  • RStudio or Tinn-R
Case studies: Ebergotzen case study;
Literature: Hengl et al. 2012: Mapping efficiency and information content
Minimum number of participants: 5
Maximum number of participants: 25
Further inquiries: Tom Hengl
Estimating effective pixels in a map