Mapping soil clay contents in Dutch marine districts using Gamma-ray spectrometry

E. van der Klooster, M.P.W. Sonneveld, F.M. van Egmond

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Abstract

Conventional soil sampling methods to obtain high-resolution soil data are costly. Recently, gamma ray spectrometry has emerged as a promising technique to overcome these obstacles. The objective of this study was to investigate the prediction of soil clay contents using gamma-ray spectrometry in three marine clay districts in the Netherlands: the southwestern marine district (SMD), the IJsselmeerpolder district (IJPD) and the northern marine district (NMD). The performance of linear regression models was investigated at field (1000 km2) scales and for all the Dutch marine districts together. For this study, a database was available with 1371 gamma-ray spectra measured on arable fields in marine clay districts during the period 2005–2008 and these were all linked to laboratory analyses of clay contents. At the field scale, linear regression models based on 40K, 232Th, or a combination of these revealed much smaller root mean squared error (RMSE) values (2–3%) compared with a model based on the field mean (8–10%). At the district scale, the regression models for the SMD and IJPD, which have comparable sediments, performed better than for the NMD. This indicates that the prediction of clay contents in late Holocene marine sediments may be made with gammaray spectrometry provided that the origin of the parent material results in a unique fingerprint.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1167
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event4th International Congress Eurosoil 2012; Soil Science for the Benefit of Mankind and Environment -
Duration: 2 Jul 20126 Jul 2012

Conference

Conference4th International Congress Eurosoil 2012; Soil Science for the Benefit of Mankind and Environment
Period2/07/126/07/12

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    van der Klooster, E., Sonneveld, M. P. W., & van Egmond, F. M. (2012). Mapping soil clay contents in Dutch marine districts using Gamma-ray spectrometry. 1167. Poster session presented at 4th International Congress Eurosoil 2012; Soil Science for the Benefit of Mankind and Environment, .