Monday, 10 July 2006

Theatre Symposium for Soil Landscape Predictive Modeling.

Jon Hempel, USDA-NRCS-NGDC, 157 Clark Hall Annex, Prospect Street, West Virginia Univ, Morgantown, WV 26506 and J.C. Bell, Univ of Minnesota, Dept of Soil, Water, and Climate, St. Paul, MN 55108.

Theatre Symposium relating to Soil Landscape Predictive Modeling Research and Development sponsored by USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)-National Geospatial Development Center in Morgantown, West Virginia. Much background work has been completed from a research standpoint in the area of Soil Landscape Predictive Modeling. There are several very good models that are developed to predict and provide soil information at incredibly small spatial extents. Many more models and concepts relating to this topic are in different stages of development. The USDA-NRCS Soil Survey Division is extremely interested in this research and it's potential application into production soil survey work. This symposium will target presentations in this topic area relating to the collection and processing of data to produce raster soil information, how accurate this information is, how best to aggregate tabular information with the raster data sets and most importantly how to then provide interpretive information that can be used by a variety of users. The 2 hour symposium will be divided into 2 parts, presentations and discussion. The discussion will focus on methodologies that will enable the potential mainstreaming of this process into the National Cooperative Soil Survey Program along with the potentials for continuing targeted research that will facilitate the understanding of how this information can best be used.

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