Publications - Books


   Digital Soil Mapping - Bridging Research, Environmental Application, and Operation (Progress in Soil Science, Vol. 2)



Digital Soil Mapping is the creation and the population of a geographically referenced soil database. It is generated at a given resolution by using field and laboratory observation methods coupled with environmental data through quantitative relationships. Digital soil mapping is advancing on different fronts at different rates all across the world. This book presents the state-of-the art and explores strategies for bridging research, production, and environmental application of digital soil mapping.It includes examples from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The chapters address the following topics: - exploring new environmental covariates and sampling schemes - using integrated sensors to infer soil properties or status - innovative inference systems predicting soil classes, properties, and estimating their uncertainties - using digital soil mapping and techniques for soil assessment and environmental application - evaluating and using legacy soil data - protocol and capacity building for making digital soil mapping operational around the globe.


Edited by

Janis Boettinger, Utah State University, Logan USA

David Howell, USDA-NRCS, USA

Amanda Moore, NRCS Maryland, USA

Alfred Hartemink,  ISRIC World Soil Information, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Susan Kienast-Brown, USDA-NRCS, USA


    Digital Soil Mapping with Limited Data



There has been considerable expansion in the use of digital soil mapping technologies and development of methodologies that improve digital soil mapping at all scales and levels of resolution. These developments have occurred in all parts of the world in the past few years and also in countries where it was previously absent. There is almost always a shortage of data in soil research and its applications and this may lead to unsupported statements, poor statistics, misrepresentations and ultimately bad resource management. In digital soil mapping, maximum use is made of sparse data and this book contains useful examples of how this can be done. This book focuses on digital soil mapping methodologies and applications for areas where data are limited, and has the following sections (i) introductory papers, (ii) dealing with limited spatial data infrastructures, (iii) methodology development, and (iv) examples of digital soil mapping in various parts of the globe (including USA, Brazil, UK, France, Czech Republic, Honduras, Kenya, Australia). The final chapter summarises priorities for digital soil mapping.

Edited by

Alfred Hartemink, ISRIC World Soil Information, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Alex McBratney, Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia
M.L. Mendonša-Santos, Embrapa Solos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


    Guidelines for surveying soil and land resources

       Guidelines for Surveying Soil and Land Resources


Guidelines for Surveying Soil and Land Resources promotes the development and implementation of consistent methods and standards for conducting soil and land resource surveys in         Australia.These surveys are primarily field operations that aim to identify, describe, map and evaluate the various kinds of soil or land resources in specific areas. The advent of geographic information systems, global positioning systems, airborne gamma radiometric remote sensing, digital terrain analysis, simulation modelling, efficient statistical analysis and internet-based delivery of information has dramatically changed the scene in the past two decades. AThis authoritative guide incorporates these new methods and techniques for supporting natural resource management. Soil and land resource surveyors, engineering and environmental consultants, commissioners of surveys and funding agencies will benefit from the practical information provided on how best to use the new technologies that have been developed, as will professionals in the spatial sciences such as geomorphology, ecology and hydrology.


Edited by

N.J. McKenzie, CSIRO Land and Water, Australia
M.J. Grundy, CSIRO Land and Water, Australia
R. Webster, Rothamsted Research, Australia
A.J. Ringrose-Voase, CSIRO Land and Water, Australia

     Digital Soil Mapping - An Introductory Perspective


Digital Soil Mapping, 31Description
The book compiles the main ideas and methodologies that have been proposed and tested within these last fifteen years in the field of Digital Soil Mapping (DSM). Begining with current experiences of soil information system developments in various regions of the world, this volume presents states of the art of different topics covered by DSM: Conception and handling of soil databases, sampling methods, new soil spatial covariates, Quantitative spatial modelling, Quality assessment and representation of DSM outputs. This book provides a solid support to students, researchers and engineers interested in modernising soil survey approaches with numerical techniques. It is also of great interest for potential soil data users.



Edited by

  Philippe Lagacherie, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France 
  Alex McBratney, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia
  Marc Voltz, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, France

   Get Adobe ReaderGeoderma