Soil Projects > DIGISOIL
Digisoil: Integrated system of data collection technologies for mapping soil properties
Call:FP7-ENV-2007-1; Start: 01/09/2008
Call: “Development and improvement of technologies for data collection in (digital) soil mapping ”
Area: 18.104.22.168 Soil
Consortium: 10 scientific partners (universities, research centers, SMEs)
Other Information: DIGISOIL is one member of the Soil Technology Cluster of Research Projects funded by the EC
The multidisciplinary DIGISOIL consortium intends to integrate and improve in situ and proximal measurement technologies for the assessment of soil properties and soil degradation indicators, going from the sensing technologies to their integration and their application in (digital) soil mapping (DSM). In addition, our SMEs experience will allow taking into account the feasibility of such developments based on economical constraints, reliability of the results and needs of the DSM community.
In order to assess and prevent soil degradation and to benefit from the different ecological, economical and historical functions of the soil in a sustainable way, there is an obvious need for high resolution and accurate maps of soil properties. The core objective of the project is to explore and exploit new capabilities of advanced geophysical technologies for answering this societal demand. To this aim, DIGISOIL addresses four issues covering technological, soil science and economic aspects: (i) the validation of geophysical (in situ, proximal and airborne) technologies and integrated pedo-geophysical inversion techniques (mechanistic data fusion) (ii) the relation between the geophysical parameters and the soil properties, (iii) the integration of the derived soil properties for mapping soil functions and soil threats, (iv) the evaluation, standardisation and sub-industrialization of the proposed methodologies, including technical and economical studies.
With respect to these issues, the milestones of the DIGISOIL project are:
- (1) To develop, test and validate the most relevant geophysical technologies for mapping soil properties: geoelectric, seismic, GPR/EMI, magnetic and airborne hyperspectral;
- (2) To establish correlations between the measured geophysical measurements and the soil properties involved in soil functions / threats (erosion, compaction, organic matter decline, salinisation and shallow landslides) by using innovative data processing (inversion) and correlation protocols;
- (3)To evaluate the societal impact of the developed techniques by investigating their relevance relative to the end-user needs, the technical feasibility and the cost effectiveness;
- (4)To produce an exploitation plan including the standardization of the processes and the technical specifications of the developed methodologies describing the system components in terms of equipment (sensors, acquisition system, mobile vector), techniques (signal processing, inversion or fusion processes, specialization) and operational protocols.
Work Packages - Deliverables
The brief description of the DIGISOIL Objectives plus the current outputs of the project can be found in Deliverables Section
The DIGISOIL Consortium involving the SOIL Action of the JRC, is currently in the process of developing a new technology for the assessment of soil properties and soil degradation indicators that can be used for producing high quality geo-referenced soil maps. Before deploying the technology, and in order to better target it to the end user, we have launched a survey which aims to assess the economic feasibility of such an undertaking and its relevance to the end user. To this aim, as a potential end user, we kindly ask you to indicate whether you are interested in making use of this technology and if so, which services you wish to employ. You should fill out first the following questionnaire which takes less than two minutes.
|Short name||Participant organisation name||Country|
|UCL||Université catholique de Louvain||BE|
|FZJ||Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH||DE|
|JRC||Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability||EU - JRC|
|GIR||Geological Institute of Romania||RO|
|UPA||University of Pannonia||HU|
|UNIFI||University of Firenze||IT|
- Kick-Off meeting Digisoil, Paris, 25-26 September 2008
- 2nd Meeting Digisoil, Paris, 29 - 30/ September 2009
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