Journal article

Useful surrogates of soil texture for plant ecologists from airborne gamma-ray detection

Cassia F Read, David H Duncan, Chiu Yee Catherine Ho, Matt White, Peter A Vesk

ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

Plant ecologists require spatial information on functional soil properties but are often faced with soil classifications that are not directly interpretable or useful for statistical models. Sand and clay content are important soil properties because they indicate soil water-holding capacity and nutrient content, yet these data are not available for much of the landscape. Remotely sensed soil radiometric data offer promise for developing statistical models of functional soil properties applicable over large areas. Here, we build models linking radiometric data for an area of 40,000 km2 with soil physicochemical data collected over a period of 30 years and demonstrate a strong relationship be..

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