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GEOSTATS: ISSS Congress, Montpellier 1998

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  • Christian WALTER
    April 17, 1997 Dear Colleagues: During the 16th World Congress of the ISSS scheduled for 20-26 August 1998 in Montpellier, France, a special symposia No. 17
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      April 17, 1997

      Dear Colleagues:

      During the 16th World Congress of the ISSS scheduled for 20-26 August 1998
      in Montpellier, France, a special symposia No. 17 " Advances in soil survey
      using modern tools ; methods ands results " will be convened.

      Contributed papers will be welcomed. Please refer to the program and
      registration brochure for detailed information about the format, dates, and
      registration. Should you need a copy, please send by E-mail to
      isss@.... See also the Web server of the congress :

      Remember that deadline for oral presentations is April 30, 1997 - Poster
      presentation can be submitted until August 30, 1997.

      Commission V - Soil Genesis, classification and cartography
      SYMPOSIUM NO. 17 : Advances in soil survey using modern tools ; methods
      ands results

      Convenor :
      Mary E. Collins
      Soil and Water Science Dept
      University of Florida 2169 Mc Carty Hall
      Gainesville FL 32611
      Email : mec@...

      Laboratoire de Science du Sol
      65 rue de St Brieuc
      35042 Rennes
      Email : cwalter@...

      The following are goals of the symposium :

      Advances in soil survey using modern tools: methods and results

      This symposium is intended for researchers with some background or
      knowledge of the information available in the soil survey program, and who
      have an interest in increasing their knowledge of the application of the
      soil survey data. The symposium seeks to explore a rapidly developing
      field in which new tools have been developed to better study and use soil
      survey data while observing soils in the field, characterizing soil
      landscapes, determining and analyzing soil variability, and developing
      models to characterize the spatial variability of soils. The objective of
      the symposium is to present how modern tools or the application of new
      theoretical approaches contribute to a refined spatial analysis and
      knowledge of soil variability. »

      New tools of soil characterization are first considered. Conventional
      methods of observing soils have generally been slow and tedious, and often
      result in a limited number of observations over a small area. Individuals
      are requiring more accurate and site-specific data on soil properties and
      variability of soils at greater depths than previously attained in soil
      surveys. To fulfill the need for deeper and more intense sampling, precise
      methods of observing soils are required.

      Participants will learn about new developments in geophysical methods that
      are helping to increase the application of tools such as the
      ground-penetrating radar, magnetometers, electrical conductivity equipment,
      infrared detectors, and other remote sensing techniques. New laboratory
      equipment as well field equipment will be discussed. Systematic sampling
      using geophysical methods and computer graphic techniques can enhance and
      develop a better understanding of soils and the landscapes on which the
      soils occur. Problems related to the lack of quality soil data and the
      limited quantity of data related to the application of soil surveys in
      Geographic Information Systems (GIS) will be explored and evaluated.. The
      ability to use new tools and technologies can result in rapid, reliable
      interpretation of soils data on site.

      The interest for soil spatial analysis of an evolutive theoretical
      background in such areas as artificial intelligence, geostatistics, fuzzy
      logic, and mathematic modeling will be presented. The interest of coupling
      soil observations with topographic parameters derived from Digital
      Elevation Models will also be considered for soil spatial variability

      Modeling data from the theoretical background can be very useful in helping
      to understand field data, and in helping to solve field problems. This
      symposium will stress the need to use and interpret quality field data and
      illustrate the features and limitations of modeling the field data.

      Christian .WALTER
      ENSA-INRA, Laboratoire de Science du Sol, 65 rue de Saint-Brieuc
      35042 Rennes -
      tél : 02-99-28-54-39 ou 02-99-28-54-22 (standard)
      Fax : 02-99-28-54-30
      E-mail : cwalter@...
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