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All publications of “José Alexandre Melo Demattê”

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Digital Soil Mapping of Soil Properties in the “Mar de Morros” Environment Using Spectral Data

Patrícia Morais da Matta Campbell, Elpídio Inácio Fernandes Filho, Márcio Rocha Francelino, José Alexandre Melo Demattê, Marcos Gervasio Pereira, Clécia Cristina Barbosa Guimarães and, [...]


ABSTRACT Quantification of soil properties is essential for better understanding of the environment and better soil management. The conventional techniques of laboratory analysis are sometimes costly and detrimental to the environment. Thus, development of new techniques for soil analysis that do not generate residues, such as spectroscopy, is increasingly necessary as a viable way to estimate a wide range of soil properties. The objective of this study was to predict the levels of organic carbon (OC), clay, and extractable phosphorus […]

Satellite Spectral Data on the Quantification of Soil Particle Size from Different Geographic Regions

José Alexandre Melo Demattê, Clécia Cristina Barbosa Guimarães, Caio Troula Fongaro, Emmily Larissa Felipe Vidoy, Veridiana Maria Sayão, André Carnieletto Dotto, [...]


ABSTRACT: The study of soils, including their physical and chemical properties, is essential for agricultural management. Soil quality must be maintained to ensure sustainable production of food and conservation of natural resources. In this context, soil mapping is important to provide spatial information, which can be performed using remote sensing (RS) techniques. Modeling through use of satellite data is uncertain regarding the amplitude of replicability of the models. The aim of this study was to develop a quantification model for […]

Surface Spectroscopy of Oxisols, Entisols and Inceptisol and Relationships with Selected Soil Properties

Raúl Roberto Poppiel, Marilusa Pinto Coelho Lacerda, Manuel Pereira de Oliveira, José Alexandre Melo Demattê, Danilo Jefferson Romero, Marcus Vinicius Sato, [...]


ABSTRACT: Traditional method of soil survey is expensive, slow, and must be carried out by experienced researchers. Thus, advances in soil observation technologies and the need to obtain information quickly by modern techniques have intensified the use of proximal sensing. This study characterized surface reflectance spectra (A horizon) and related them to traditional soil classification, based on morphological, physical, and chemical properties of representative pedogenetic profiles, developed in two toposequences of the Distrito Federal, Brazil. In the toposequences, 15 soil […]

Is It Possible to Classify Topsoil Texture Using a Sensor Located 800 km Away from the Surface?

José Alexandre Melo Demattê, Marcelo Rodrigo Alves, Fabricio da Silva Terra, Raoni Wainer Duarte Bosquilia, Caio Troula Fongaro, Pedro Paulo da Silva Barros


ABSTRACT It is often difficult for pedologists to “see” topsoils indicating differences in properties such as soil particle size. Satellite images are important for obtaining quick information for large areas. However, mapping extensive areas of bare soil using a single image is difficult since most areas are usually covered by vegetation. Thus, the aim of this study was to develop a strategy to determine bare soil areas by fusing multi-temporal satellite images and classifying them according to soil textures. Three […]

Comparison between detailed digital and conventional soil maps of an area with complex geology

Osmar Bazaglia Filho, Rodnei Rizzo, Igo Fernando Lepsch, Hélio do Prado, Felipe Haenel Gomes, Jairo Antonio Mazza, [...]


Since different pedologists will draw different soil maps of a same area, it is important to compare the differences between mapping by specialists and mapping techniques, as for example currently intensively discussed Digital Soil Mapping. Four detailed soil maps (scale 1:10.000) of a 182-ha sugarcane farm in the county of Rafard, São Paulo State, Brazil, were compared. The area has a large variation of soil formation factors. The maps were drawn independently by four soil scientists and compared with a […]

Soil spectral library and its use in soil classification

Henrique Bellinaso, José Alexandre Melo Demattê, Suzana Araújo Romeiro


Soil science has sought to develop better techniques for the classification of soils, one of which is the use of remote sensing applications. The use of ground sensors to obtain soil spectral data has enabled the characterization of these data and the advancement of techniques for the quantification of soil attributes. In order to do this, the creation of a soil spectral library is necessary. A spectral library should be representative of the variability of the soils in a region. […]

Application of lime with different reaction degrees: chemical changes in soil under corn

Suzana Romeiro Araújo, José Alexandre Melo Demattê, Fernando José Garbuio


With acidity correction, important nutrients for the corn development become more available to the plants, increasing yield. The objective of this study was to evaluate chemical changes in two soils and corn dry matter yield as affected by lime application with different degrees of reaction. The experiment was carried out in a greenhouse on a Oxisol and a Quartzpsament. Three rates of three commercial limes were applied, one with mean reactivity A (RE = 85.7 %; PRNT = 88.3 %), […]

Spectral response of soils in the landscape based on terrestrial and orbital data acquisition levels

José Geraldo de Abreu Sousa Junior, José Alexandre Melo Demattê, Aline Marques Genú


Part of agricultural production index variability is associated with soil and landscape characteristics. Management practices such as fertilizer application should therefore take the soil spatial variability into account. Remote sensing is a tool that can provide faster information for soil management because it relates electromagnetic radiation with soil attributes. Thus, this study aimed at evaluating the spectral response, at two data acquisition levels (terrestrial and orbital), of different soil classes across toposequences in the region of São Carlos and Ibaté, […]

Soil line behavior obtained by laboratorial spectroradiometry for different soil classes

Marcos Rafael Nanni, José Alexandre Melo Demattê


The aim of this study was to evaluate the behavior of the soil line for different soil classes by using reflectance data with a spectroradiometer in the laboratory. Representative samples of the surface and subsurface horizons of 18 soil classes collected in a pilot area in Rafard county, southwest São Paulo state, were dried, sieved and accomodated for spectral reading. Data were computed in order to simulate TM-Landsat 3 and 4 bands and to draw the graphs. The findings showed […]