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Regional pilot platform as EU contribution to a Global Soil Observing System

Objective

Soil and land information is needed for a wide range of applications but available data are often inaccessible, incomplete, or out of date. GEOSS plans a global Earth Observation System and, within this framework, the e-SOTER project addresses the felt need for a global soil and terrain database. As the European contribution to a Global Soil Observing System, it will deliver a web-based regional pilot platform with data, methodology, and applications, using remote sensing to validate, augment and extend existing data. Technical barriers that have to be overcome include: quantitative mapping of landforms; soil parent material and soil attribute characterization and pattern recognition by remote sensing; standardization of methods and measures of soil attributes to convert legacy data. Two major research thrusts involve: 1) improvement of the current SOTER methodology at scale 1:1 million in four windows in Europe, China and Morocco. Moderate-resolution optical remote sensing will be combined existing parent material/geology and soil information, making use of advanced statistical procedures; 2) within 1:250 000-scale pilot areas, advanced remote sensing applications will be developed - geomorphic landscape analysis, geological re-classified remote sensing, and remote sensing of soil attributes. Advances beyond the state of the art include: transformation of pre-existing data and addition of new information with remote sensing and DEM; interpretations of the e-SOTER database that address threats defined in the EU Soil Thematic Strategy and comparing the results with current assessments; and delivery through a web service of a data portal. e-SOTER will deliver a Pilot Platform and a portal that provides open access to: 1) a methodology to create 1:1 million-scale SOTER databases, and an enhanced soil and terrain database at scale 1:1 million for the four windows; 2) an artifact-free 90m digital elevation model; 3) methodologies to create 1:250 000-scale enhanced SOTER databases, and the databases themselves for four pilots; 4) advanced remote sensing techniques to obtain soil attribute data; 5) validation and uncertainty propagation analysis; 6) dedicated applications related to major threats to soil quality and performance.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/databases
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/pattern recognition
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/remote sensing

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

STICHTING INTERNATIONAL SOIL REFERENCE AND INFORMATION CENTRE
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 3 - Build 101
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 425 498,34
Administrative Contact
Hannes Reuter (Mr.)

Participants (14)

MISKOLCI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 212 994
Address
Egyetemvaros
3515 Miskolc
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva Hudak (Ms.)
BUNDESANSTALT FUER GEOWISSENSCHAFTEN UND ROHSTOFFE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 327 810
Address
Stilleweg 2
30655 Hannover
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jürgen Soldan (Mr.)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 290 298
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Maria Arminda Machado (Dr.)
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 230 571
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kaye Miller (Ms.)
ALTERRA B.V.
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 234 895
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 3/3A
6708PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gerard Heuvelink (Dr.)
SZENT ISTVAN UNIVERSITY
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 115 030
Address
Pater Karoly Utca 1
2100 Godollo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Erika Michéli (Prof.)
SCILANDS GMBH - GESELLSCHAFT ZUR BEARBEITUNG DIGITALER LANDSCHAFTEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 127 550
Address
Goetheallee 11
37073 Goettingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ruediger Koethe (Mr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 98 880,40
Address
147 Rue De L'universite
75007 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marie Millier-Ledoux (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 76 415,20
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Cartledge (Mr.)
CESKA ZEMEDELSKA UNIVERZITA V PRAZE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 58 630
Address
Kamycka 129 Suchdol
16500 Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jiři Boháček (Mr.)
INSTITUTE OF SOIL SCIENCE CHINESE ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
China
EU contribution
€ 72 315
Address
Bejing Donglu 71 Nanjing
210008 Nanjing
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Shenqiang Wang (Prof.)
ECOLE NATIONALE D'AGRICULTURE DE MEKNES

Participation ended

Morocco
Address
Route Haj Kaddour Km 10
50000 Meknes
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rachid Bouabid (Prof.)
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 236 325,75
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Schaepman (Prof.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
Morocco
EU contribution
€ 92 701
Address
Avenue De La Victoire
10000 Rabat
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Mohamed Badraoui (Prof.)