Digisoil Integrated system of data collection technologies for mapping soil properties

Country: EU Projects
Start Date:   1/9/2008         Duration: 36 months         Project Type: RTD
Contract Number: 211523
Organisation Type:  EC Project
Soil-->Soil Overview
Soil-->Soil quality
Project objectives:
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.
Project Summary:
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.
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Project Resources:
Funding Programme(s): 
EC FP7: Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.
Link to Organisations:

Joint Research Centre ISPRA
Submitted by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  08/11/2008 14:04:00
Updated by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  05/05/2010 00:45:00