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Visible and near infrared spectroscopy in soil science

Stenberg, Bo and Viscarra Rossel, Raphael A. and Mouazen, Abdul Moune and Wetterlind, Johanna (2010). Visible and near infrared spectroscopy in soil science. Advances in agronomy. 107 , 163-215
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0065-2113(10)07005-7


This chapter provides a review on the state of soil visible–near infrared (vis–NIR) spectroscopy. Our intention is for the review to serve as a source of up-to date information on the past and current role of vis–NIR spectroscopy in soil science. It should also provide critical discussion on issues surrounding the use of vis–NIR for soil analysis and on future directions. To this end, we describe the fundamentals of visible and infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and spectroscopic multivariate calibrations. A review of the past and current role of vis–NIR spectroscopy in soil analysis is provided, focusing on important soil attributes such as soil organic matter (SOM), minerals, texture, nutrients, water, pH, and heavy metals. We then discuss the performance and generalization capacity of vis–NIR calibrations, with particular attention on sample pre-tratments, co-variations in data sets, and mathematical data preprocessing. Field analyses and strategies for the practical use of vis–NIR are considered. We conclude that the technique is useful to measure soil water and mineral composition and to derive robust calibrations for SOM and clay content. Many studies show that we also can predict properties such as pH and nutrients, although their robustness may be questioned. For future work we recommend that research should focus on: (i) moving forward with more theoretical calibrations, (ii) better understanding of the complexity of soil and the physical basis for soil reflection, and (iii) applications and the use of spectra for soil mapping and monitoring, and for making inferences about soils quality, fertility and function. To do this, research in soil spectroscopy needs to be more collaborative and strategic. The development of the Global Soil Spectral Library might be a step in the right direction.

Authors/Creators:Stenberg, Bo and Viscarra Rossel, Raphael A. and Mouazen, Abdul Moune and Wetterlind, Johanna
Title:Visible and near infrared spectroscopy in soil science
Series Name/Journal:Advances in agronomy
Year of publishing :2010
Page range:163-215
Publisher:Elsevier, Academic Press
Additional Information:Originally published by Elsevier, Academic Press.
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Accepted version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:Obsolete subject words > FORESTRY, AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES and LANDSCAPE PLANNING > Soil science
Keywords:diffuse reflectance, proximal soil sensing, soil analysis, spectroscopy, Vis-NIR, soil mapping, on-the-go
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ID Code:5165
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Soil and Environment
(S) > Dept. of Soil and Environment
Deposited By: Dr Bo Stenberg
Deposited On:07 Sep 2010 00:00
Metadata Last Modified:02 Dec 2014 10:37

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