Soil maps - simple information tools or complex decision aids?

Thwaites, Robin (1999) Soil maps - simple information tools or complex decision aids?. Natural Resource Management, 2 1: 4-8.

Author Thwaites, Robin
Title Soil maps - simple information tools or complex decision aids?
Formatted title
Soil maps—simple information tools or complex decision aids?
Journal name Natural Resource Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-1460
Publication date 1999-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 2
Issue 1
Start page 4
End page 8
Total pages 5
Place of publication Canberra, ACT, Australia
Publisher Australia Association of Natural Resource Management
Collection year 1999
Language eng
Subject C3
300199 Soil and Water Sciences not elsewhere classified
779902 Land and water management
Formatted abstract
Soil maps are an integral part of rural land management planning. Unfortunately, they are a complex form of coded information which can challenge the map user. They are often accused of not portraying information that the users require for land management and land use planning.

Outlined here are some of the reasons why soil maps are not the simple information tools that they first seem. Some mapping and soil survey concepts that are relevant to soil maps and which may detract from their apparent usefulness are discussed.

More recent developments for soil mapping have focused on mapping of soil attributesexpressed through digital modelling and remote sensing as well as field surveyrather than soil types or associations. This approach relies on data storage and analysis through the use of geographic information systems.
Keyword Soil mapping
Land use planning
Soil survey
Geographic information system
Decision support system
Q-Index Code C3

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
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