Rescue and renewal of legacy soil resource inventories: A case study of the Limpopo National Park, Mozambique.

A. Cambule, D.G. Rossiter, J.J. Stoorvogel, E.M.A. Smaling

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Abstract

Many areas of developing countries are covered by legacy soil surveys, which, however are hardly used, as they are not available in digital form, used outdated standards, and have unknown quality. There have been very few attempts to rescue and renew these surveys, nor are there established criteria for the evaluation of their quality. We therefore decided to test the applicability of the Cornell Adequacy Criteria (CAC) to assess the quality of several renewed soil surveys in or near the Limpopo National Park, Mozambique (centroid: 23° 18' 55.57¿ S, 31° 55' 16.24¿ E), using the concepts of digital soilmapping. The qualitywas assessed formapping andmonitoring soil organic carbon (SOC), in terms of geodetic control, positional accuracy, map scale, and texture and adequacy of map legend. Metadata was attached to the renewed maps. SOC stocks were estimated qualitatively based on the description of themap units and quantitatively by themeasure-and-multiply approach fromlegacy laboratory measurements. The positional accuracy of georegistrationwas 13 to 45% of the square root of aMinimumLegible Area (MLA). Point and area-class layers could be created with high positional accuracy. However the index of maximumreductionwas high, indicating that the original publication scale could be reduced.Map unit definitions and overall information content of the surveyswere adequate. Integration of remotely sensed optical imagery and digital elevation models could be used to derive accurate contours, against which the positional accuracy of contour-basedmap borderswas assessed. Less than 30% of their lengths were within a distance equal to the square root of MLA. These sources could not be used to evaluate internal map borders, due to the subdued topography and major land-use changes since the original survey. Qualitative estimates of SOC are between lowand medium, consistent with other studies in this area. The CAC proved to be a useful framework for determining the fitness for use of legacy surveys.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-182
JournalCatena
Volume125
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • acid sulfate soils
  • carbon sequestration
  • resurrection
  • uncertainty
  • gambia
  • maps

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