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. As successor to the Australian Soil and Land Survey Handbook: Guidelines for Conducting Surveys, this 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.
Part 1: Introduction
Approaches to land resource survey
Part 2: Landscape context and remote sensing
Geology, geomorphology and regolith
Soil and landscape processes
Digital terrain analysis
Climate and hydrology
Remote sensing with air photography
Spectral reflectance imagery (imaging spectroscopy)
Temporal analysis of remote sensing imagery
Part 3: Survey mechanics
Survey specification and planning
Classifying soil and land
Part 4: Digital soil mapping and pedometrics
Sampling using statistical methods
Predicting soil properties using pedotransfer functions and environmental correlation
Synthesis studies: making the most of existing data
Part 5: Land evaluation
Conventional land evaluation
Quantitative land evaluation
Intensive survey for agriculture
Monitoring soil and land condition
Legal and planning framework
Soil surveyors, ecological surveyors and land resource surveyors
Engineering and environmental impact consultancies
Commissioners of surveys, funding agencies, and those needing guidance on project specifications and expected outcomes from surveys
Allied professionals in the spatial sciences, especially geomorphology, ecology, hydrology and landscape scientists.
"This is a well presented book that should be of value to all organisations and researchers involved in soil and land resource survey, and to those who need to analyse and use the resulting survey data. The emphasis throughout on Australian examples and practice should not deter readers elsewhere from using the book. It covers all aspects of survey and the potential use that such data can be put to." M A Oliver, Precision Agriculture, April 2009
"This book provides a solid introduction to, and at times an excellent detailed review of, Australian soil and land resource surveying techniques… this 2nd edition provides a modern perspective." Jason Reynolds, Charles Sturt University, Journal of Spatial Science, December 2008