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Novel methods for spatial prediction of soil functions within landscapes - SP0531

SR0120 showed that soil patterns could be predicted in agriculturally managed landscapes by modelling and extrapolating from extensive existing but related integrated datasets. Based on these results we proposed to develop and apply predictive models of the relationships between environmental data and known soil patterns to predict capacity for key soil funtions within diverse landscapes for which there is little detailed underpinning soil information available.

To develop a high-level framework in which the non-specialist user-community can explore questions.

This project will develop the techniques required to produce a national data sets at appropriate scales and levels of spatial resolution to support all these and many other policies and regulatory and operational activities.
Generate digital soil maps for the three selected catchments at a target resolution of 1:50000 to provide the base information for soil function prediction.

A modelling approach to predict the performance of key soil functions in catchments undergoing change but where only sparse or low resolution soil survey data are avaliable.

A modelling approach to assess the impact of different management scenarios and/or environmental conditions on the delivery of multiple soil functions within a catchment.

A detailed outline of the requirements for ground-truthing to test the predicted model outputs at a catchment scale.

The development of a high-level framework for decision makers.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Novel Methods for Spatial Prediction of Soil Functions within Landscapes   (2661k)
• Final Report - Annex : Data   (338k)
• Final Report - Annex : Literature review - soil functions   (116k)
• Final Report - Annex : Models - Biomass Production   (3331k)
• Final Report - Annex : Models - Cultural Heritage   (999k)
• Final Report - Annex : Models - Ecological Habitat   (669k)
• Final Report - Annex : Models - Environmental Interactions   (4225k)
• Final Report - Annex : Models - Providing a Platform   (712k)
• Final Report - Annex : Models - Raw Materials   (252k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2004

To: 2006

Cost: £376,023
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University - Cranfield, Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Agricultural Land              
Environmental Protection              
Fields of Study
Soil Protection