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PSS 2019

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The 5th Global Workshop on Proximal Soil Sensing will be held in Columbia, Missouri, USA from May 28-31, 2019.

For more information on the workshop and abstract submission see the attached flyer and visit the conference website pss2019.org.

The deadline for abstract submission is the 7th January 2019.

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Sensors - Special Issue on Proximal Soil Sensing

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Our current understanding of dynamic soil processes is constrained by a lack of efficient measurement capabilities for key soil properties across space and in time (e.g. nutrients, carbon, biology, water, pH). The development of proximal soil sensing is essential for the dynamic characterisation of soil to help advance our current understanding of such processes and for monitoring them. Recent technological advances in miniaturised, low-power, sensors that are also wireless show considerable promise. Thus, for this special issue we welcome reviews and original research articles on the following topics:

  1. New soil sensor technologies for sensing biological, physical, and chemical soil properties;
  2. Development of integrated multi-sensor systems for monitoring soil condition and function (or soil health);
  3. Subterranean wireless sensor systems used for monitoring biological, physical, and chemical soil properties;
  4. Sensor data analytics, including signal processing, sampling, multivariate calibration, machine learning, Bayesian modelling, multi-sensor data fusion;
  5. Novel applications of proximal soil sensing in environmental, agronomic, engineering, robotic, archaeologic, remote sensing and space applications;
  6. Use of proximal soil sensing data in processed-based models at different spatial and temporal scales.

For more information see the attached flyer and visit www.mdpi.com/journal/sensors

Deadline for ms submission is September 2018.

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EGU 2018

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Dear Colleagues,

we are pleased to invite you to the European Geoscience Union - General Assembly 2018 (EGU 2018) that will be held in Vienna (Austria), from 8 to 13 April 2018. We draw your attention on the session:

IE4.3/SSS13.73/AS5.19/BG1.20/ESSI1.8/HS11.4/NH11.13 Geostatistical and statistical tools to perform the data fusion of large datasets in geoengineering and environmental studies Conveners: D. Di Curzio, A. Castrignanò, A. Micallef, S. Rusi, G. Vessia, R. Viscarra Rossel

More information about the topic of this multidisciplinary session can be found here or on this flyer.

The submission of abstracts is now open (up to 10 January 2018, 13:00 CET).

Here, you will find the guidelines for the abstract(s) submission. Financial supports are available for young researchers who will present their papers and send their abstracts by 1 December 2017 (details here).

Your participation and abstract submission will contribute to enrich the Geoscientist General Assembly. You will be also able to exchange ideas, experiences, questions and proposals with hundreds of geo-scientists on this topic and related ones.

Moreover, the full papers of selected abstracts submitted to this session and presented during the EGU 2018 will be invited for possible publication on indexed international journal.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Vienna.

Sincerely, the Conveners D. Di Curzio, A. Castrignanò, A. Micallef, S. Rusi, G. Vessia, R. Viscarra Rossel

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BONARES Conference 2018

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The BONARES Conference 2018: “Soil as a Sustainable Resource” will be held 26–28 February 2018 in Berlin, Germany

www.bonares2018.de

The conference brings together researchers from all disciplines of soil science to discuss the functionality of soil ecosystems and how to develop strategies towards sustainable soil management. A sustainable bioeconomy requires integration of soil productivity with a wide range of other soil functions including nutrient cycling, carbon storage, water retention and filtering as well as being the habitat of a myriad of organisms and their activities. For sustainable soil management, we need to understand soils at a systemic level and to assess their value in a socio-economic framework.

Contributions (posters and oral presentations) to the following topics are invited:

  1. Impact of agriculture and cropping systems on soil functions and ecosystem services
  2. Effects of plant – microbe – fauna interactions on soil functions
  3. Nutrient and carbon dynamics within the root zone as affected by soil management
  4. Soil structure and water dynamics as affected by soil management
  5. New sensing technologies, soil monitoring approaches and related decision support systems for sustainable soil management
  6. Assessment and governance for sustainable soil management
  7. Linking data and models in soil science – Towards efficient workflows for data-model integration

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Pedometrics 2017

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Abstracts are due soon for Pedometrics 2017!

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is February 1, 2017.

Pedometrics 2017 will be a joint conference of the IUSS Pedometrics Commission and five of its Working Groups; Digital Soil Mapping, Digital Soil Morphometrics, Modelling of Soil & Landscape Evolution, Proximal Soil Sensing and Soil Monitoring.

Pedometrics 2017 will be held in Wageningen, the Netherlands from 26 June to 1 July.

For more information see the attached flyer and visit www.pedometrics2017.org

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4th Global Workshop on Proximal Soil Sensing

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Dear colleagues,

It is my great honor and pleasure to announce that the 4th Global Workshop on Proximal Soil Sensing (GWPSS2015) organized by Zhejiang University will be held in Hangzhou, China on May 12-15, 2015.

The theme of 2015 workshop is “Sensing soil condition and functions”. This theme has been chosen as it reflects new explorations and applications of proximal soil sensing (PSS). The workshop will provide a forum for researchers, professionals and engineers from all over the world to present their latest research and development results, and to exchange and share information and experiences in the fields of PSS, such as in situ measurement of soil properties, proximal sensing of soil carbon and biota, sensor data processing and fusion, sensor-based digital soil mapping, combing proximal and remote sensing, development of multi- sensor platforms, advances in soil electro-magnetic technologies, and new application of PSS.

The GWPSS2015 is sponsored by the IUSS working Group on Proximal Soil Sensing and Zhejiang University (ZJU), co-sponsored by the Soil Science Society of China (SSSC), the Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS-ISS), and the Nanjing Normal University (NNU).

We sincerely invite you to submit papers to and participate in the GWPSS2015. All presented papers will be published a proceeding of GWPSS2015. Selected papers will be recommended to WGPSS for review for possible publication on the journals.

Hangzhou, where the GWPSS2015 is to be held, has enjoyed a prosperous history of over 2,200 years. It is one of the most famous tourist cities in China, with its natural beauties and historical and cultural heritages. It is also famous for good-quality silk products and tasty Chinese food.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Hangzhou in May, 2015. We believe that you will enjoy the technical activities of GWPSS2015, as well as your stay in this elegant city.

Sincerely, Prof. Zhou Shi On behalf of the Organizing Committee College of Environmental and Resource Sciences, Zhejiang University.

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3rd Global Workshop on Proximal Soil Sensing

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First Announcement: Third Global Workshop on Proximal Soil Sensing

Dates: May 26-29, 2013

Location: Potsdam Germany

Format: Similar to the First Global Workshop on High Resolution Digital Soil Sensing and Mapping

Focus: Proximal soil sensors, multi sensor systems, sensor data fusion, signal processing, inference systems, (geo)statistical analyses.

Local organisers: R. Gebbers, J. Rühlmann and E. Lück

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Eurosoil 2012: Session S4.1 Application of proximal soil sensing (PSS) in soil science

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The Call-for-Abstracts program of the Eurosoil 2012 (Bari, Italy, 02-06 July 2012) is now open.

On behalf of the Program Committee, we cordially invite you to submit abstracts to the session 4.1 Advanced Techniques and Modeling S4.1. Title: Application of proximal soil sensing (PSS) in soil science

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is October 30, 2011.

The description of the session can be found at: http://www.eurosoil2012.eu/d/34/4.Advanced_Techniques_and_Modeling/

S4.1. Title: Application of proximal soil sensing (PSS) in soil science Convener: Castrignanò Annamaria – CRA – Italy Co-Conveners: Colombo Claudio – University of Molise – Italy Viscarra Rossel Raphael – CSIRO – Australia

Proximal Soil Sensing (PSS) has become a multidisciplinary area of study that aims to develop field-based techniques for collecting information on the soil from close by, or within, the soil. PSS involves the use of optical, geophysical, electrochemical, mathematical and statistical methods. PPS have many applications such as precision agriculture, soil fertility, soil contamination, archaeology, peri-urban design and high land-value applications, where there is a particular need for high spatial resolution information. The Symposium will be dedicated to soil sensor sampling, proximal soil sensor development and use, sensor calibrations, spatial prediction methods, applications of proximal soil sensing, and fine-resolution digital soil mapping.

We hope that we can stimulate your interest in Session S4.1 , and we look forward to receiving your contribution.

Kind regards, Castrignanò Annamaria – CRA – Italy Colombo Claudio – University of Molise – Italy Viscarra Rossel Raphael – CSIRO – Australia

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Proximal Soil Sensing book now available

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Proximal Soil Sensing

Published by Springer as part of the Progress in Soil Science series.

Viscarra Rossel, Raphael A.; McBratney, Alex; Minasny, Budiman (Eds.), 2010

This book reports on developments in Proximal Soil Sensing (PSS) and high resolution digital soil mapping. PSS has become a multidisciplinary area of study that aims to develop field-based techniques for collecting information on the soil from close by, or within, the soil. Amongst others, PSS involves the use of optical, geophysical, electrochemical, mathematical and statistical methods. This volume, suitable for undergraduate course material and postgraduate research, brings together ideas and examples from those developing and using proximal sensors and high resolution digital soil maps for applications such as precision agriculture, soil contamination, archaeology, peri-urban design and high land-value applications, where there is a particular need for high spatial resolution information. The book in particular covers soil sensor sampling, proximal soil sensor development and use, sensor calibrations, prediction methods for large data sets, applications of proximal soil sensing, and high-resolution digital soil mapping.

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