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Soil Quality Indicators On The World Wide Web

  • Linda Lilburne
  • Graham Sparling
  • Louis Schipper
  • Allan Hewitt
  • Roger Gibson
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 39)

Abstract

New Zealand is highly dependent on its soil resource for continued agricultural production, natural ecosystem health, and ecosystem services. To avoid depleting this resource, we need to be able to identify those soils that are being managed unsustainably. We report on a science program that is developing indicators for monitoring soil quality and incorporating these indicators into decision support software to assist land managers and administrators identify at-risk soils, and provide information for state of the environment reporting. The research comprised (a) identifying those soil measurements that best discriminated changes in soil quality and reducing these through principal component analysis, (b) statistically analysing soil databases for comparative purposes and (c) designing an interactive tool which integrates soil quality expertise with a readily interpretable assessment of the quality of a soil sample.

Key words

soil health DSS environmental quality 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda Lilburne
    • 1
  • Graham Sparling
    • 1
  • Louis Schipper
    • 1
  • Allan Hewitt
    • 1
  • Roger Gibson
    • 1
  1. 1.Landcare ResearchLincolnNew Zealand

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