Title: Use of a large world soil database for modeling the global soil distribution
Authors: Gray, JM ×
Humphreys, GS
Deckers, Jozef A. #
Issue Date: Sep-2007
Publisher: Scripta Technica
Series Title: Eurasian Soil Science vol:40 issue:9 pages:928-933
Abstract: The ISRIC WISE Global soil database is used to demonstrate the important role that large, properly
established soil databases can play in the understanding and modeling of the global distribution of soils and
their properties. This database, which contains 4382 georeferenced soil profiles, was systematically examined
with respect to 128 environmental regimes, which exhibited combinations of different parent material, climate,
and topography. There was generally good correlation of the WRB soil types and key soil properties with these
environmental parameters. While most of the results are in accord with the standard theories of soil formation,
there are several unexpected findings and subtle complexities that deserve further examination. The results
allow for a reflection on soil genesis relationships and provide a useful base for the development of global soil
predictive models.
ISSN: 1064-2293
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division Soil and Water Management
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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