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Journal Articles Pedosphere Year : 2023

Hand-feel soil texture observations to evaluate the accuracy of digital soil maps for local prediction of particle size distribution. A case study in central France

Anne Richer-De-Forges
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Dominique Arrouays
Laura Poggio
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Marine Lacoste
Budiman Minasny
Zamir Libohova
Pierre Roudier
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Hervé Nédélec
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Hocine Bourennane

Abstract

Digital maps of soil properties are now widely available. End-users now can access several digital soil mapping (DSM) products of soil properties, produced using different models, calibration/training data, covariates and at various spatial scales from global to local. Therefore, there is an urgent need to provide easy-to-understand tools to communicate map uncertainty and help end-users assess the reliability of DSM products for use at local scales. In this study, we used a large number of hand-feel soil texture data (HFST) to assess the performance of various published DSM products on the prediction of particle-size distribution in Central France. We tested four DSM products of texture prediction developed at various scales (Global, continental, national, and sub-national) by comparing their predictions with ca 3,200 HFST observations realised on a 1:50,000 soil survey conducted after the release of these DSM products. We used both visual comparisons and quantitative indicators of matching DSM predictions and HFST. The comparison between low-cost observed HFST and DSM predictions clearly showed the applicability of various DSM products, with prediction accuracy increasing from global to sub-national predictions. This simple evaluation can decide which products can be used at the local scale and if more accurate DSM products are required.
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hal-03717876 , version 1 (08-07-2022)

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Anne Richer-De-Forges, Dominique Arrouays, Laura Poggio, Songchao Chen, Marine Lacoste, et al.. Hand-feel soil texture observations to evaluate the accuracy of digital soil maps for local prediction of particle size distribution. A case study in central France. Pedosphere, 2023, 33 (5), pp.731-743. ⟨10.1016/j.pedsph.2022.07.009⟩. ⟨hal-03717876⟩
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