Mapping the soil with open source applications is vital to understanding how to protect it
Open Soil Science technology is helping us discover the mysteries under our feet. A group of researchers working on Open Soil Science data and technology met recently at ISRIC in Wageningen, the Netherlands, to discuss current and future developments in citizen soil science. By developing electronic resources and making them freely available, the group hopes to share the secrets of the soil with a wider community and improve the distribution and availability of soil observations and our knowledge of soil properties across the globe. This will help us develop targeted strategies to conserve this fragile resource. Examples of applications are described in an article in The Conversation.
Hobley EU, Schultze DG, Robinson DA, Jahanshiri E, Aitkenhead M, Batjes NH and Hengl T. 2017. Open soil science: technology is helping us discover the mysteries under our feet, The Conversation 1 Sept. 2017