Regional pilot platform as EU contribution to a Global Soil Observing System

    Project: EU research project

    Project Details


    Soil and land information is needed for a wide range of applications but available data are often inaccessible, incomplete, or out of date. GEOSS plans a global Earth Observation System and, within this framework, the e-SOTER project addresses the felt need for a global soil and terrain database. As the European contribution to a Global Soil Observing System, it will deliver a web-based regional pilot platform with data, methodology, and applications, using remote sensing to validate, augment and extend existing data. Technical barriers that have to be overcome include: quantitative mapping of landforms; soil parent material and soil attribute characterization and pattern recognition by remote sensing; standardization of methods and measures of soil attributes to convert legacy data. Two major research thrusts involve: 1) improvement of the current SOTER methodology at scale 1:1 million in four windows in Europe, China and Morocco. Moderate-resolution optical remote sensing will be combined existing parent material/geology and soil information, making use of advanced statistical procedures; 2) within 1:250 000-scale pilot areas, advanced remote sensing applications will be developed - geomorphic landscape analysis, geological re-classified remote sensing, and remote sensing of soil attributes. Advances beyond the state of the art include: transformation of pre-existing data and addition of new information with remote sensing and DEM; interpretations of the e-SOTER database that address threats defined in the EU Soil Thematic Strategy and comparing the results with current assessments; and delivery through a web service of a data portal. e-SOTER will deliver a Pilot Platform and a portal that provides open access to: 1) a methodology to create 1:1 million-scale SOTER databases, and an enhanced soil and terrain database at scale 1:1 million for the four windows; 2) an artifact-free 90m digital elevation model; 3) methodologies to create 1:250 000-scale enhanced SOTER databases, and the databases themselves for four pilots; 4) advanced remote sensing techniques to obtain soil attribute data; 5) validation and uncertainty propagation analysis; 6) dedicated applications related to major threats to soil quality and performance.
    Effective start/end date1/09/0829/02/12

    Research Output

    Evaluation of two different soil databases to assess soil erosion sensitivity with MESALES for three areas in Europe and Morocco

    Hessel, R., Daroussin, J., Verzandvoort, S. J. E. & Walvoort, D. J. J., 2014, In : Catena. 118, p. 234-247

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Characterizing regional soil mineral composition using spectroscopy and geostatistics

    Mulder, V. L., de Bruin, S., Weyermann, J., Kokaly, R. F. & Schaepman, M. E., 2013, In : Remote Sensing of Environment. 139, p. 415-429

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 23 Citations (Scopus)

    Quantifying mineral abundances of complex mixtures by coupling spectral deconvolution of SWIR spectra (2.1–2.4 µm) and regression tree analysis

    Mulder, V. L., Plötze, M., de Bruin, S., Schaepman, M. E., Mavris, C., Kokaly, R. F. & Egli, M., 2013, In : Geoderma. 207-208, p. 279-290

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 20 Citations (Scopus)


    • 1 Public lecture/debate/seminar

    Applications of e-SOTER related to major soil threats

    Simone Verzandvoort (Speaker)

    21 Mar 2012

    Activity: Talk or presentationPublic lecture/debate/seminar