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Welcome to the 3rd Global Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping (DSM 2008 USA), "Digital Soil Mapping: Bridging Research, Production, and Environmental Application."

Digital Soil Mapping is the creation and the population of a geographically referenced soil database generated at a given resolution by using field and laboratory observation methods coupled with environmental data through quantitative relationships.

The International WORKING GROUP ON DIGITAL SOIL MAPPING (http://www.digitalsoilmapping.org/) organizes biennial Global Workshops on Digital Soil Mapping in alternate years with the conferences of the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS) commission 1.5 Pedometrics (http://www.pedometrics.org/).

The theme of the first workshop (DSM 2004) in Montpellier, France, was "Digital Soil Mapping: An Introductory Perspective." The theme of the second workshop (DSM 2006) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was "Digital Soil Mapping for Regions and Countries with Sparse Soil Data Infrastructures."

Digital soil mapping is advancing on different fronts at different paces throughout the world. The goal of the third workshop is to review and discuss the state-of-the art in digital soil mapping, and explore strategies for bridging research, production, and environmental application.

We are calling for presentations (and ultimately papers) that address the following topics:

  1. Evaluating and using legacy data in digital soil mapping.
  2. Exploring new sampling schemes and environmental covariates in digital soil mapping.
  3. Using integrated sensors or other new technologies for inferring soil properties or status.
  4. Innovative inference systems (new methodologies for predicting soil classes and properties, and estimating uncertainties).
  5. Using digital soil mapping products and their uncertainties for soil assessment and environmental applications.
  6. Protocol and capacity building for making digital soil mapping operational.

General Information:

The workshop will be held at Utah State University (http://www.usu.edu) in Logan, a small city located in Cache Valley between the Wellsville Mountains and the Bear River Range of northern Utah. Late September-early October is a stunningly beautiful time of year, with normally sunny and warm days, cool nights, and autumn colors.

There is an optional field trip on Tuesday, September 30, limited to 42 participants.

The three workshop days are 1-3 October. The workshop will consist of sessions that address each of the above topics. Each session will consist of an invited keynote talk (30 minutes) followed by contributed talks (minimum 5 minutes, maximum 10 minutes - the length will depend on the number of contributions.) There will be at least one hour for discussion of each topic, which will be led by a discussant. Each session will be summarized by a rapporteur. The final session will be a discussion to develop a set of key recommendations and future priorities for digital soil mapping.

Abstracts of presentation must be submitted by 2 June, abstract acceptance notification will occur by 28 June, and final papers must be submitted by 8 September.