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Selection of Environmental Covariates for Classifier Training Applied in Digital Soil Mapping

Alcinei Ribeiro Campos, Elvio Giasson, José Janderson Ferreira Costa, Israel Rosa Machado, Elisângela Benedet da Silva, Benito Roberto Bonfatti


ABSTRACT A large number of predictor variables can be used in digital soil mapping; however, the presence of irrelevant covariables may compromise the prediction of soil types. Thus, algorithms can be applied to select the most relevant predictors. This study aimed to compare three covariable selection systems (two filter algorithms and one wrapper algorithm) and assess their impacts on the predictive model. The study area was the Lajeado River Watershed in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. We […]

Multivariate Analysis and Machine Learning in Properties of Ultisols (Argissolos) of Brazilian Amazon

Cristiano Marcelo Pereira de Souza, André Thomazini, Carlos Ernesto Gonçalves Reynaud Schaefer, Gustavo Vieira Veloso, Guilherme Musse Moreira, Elpídio Inácio Fernandes Filho


ABSTRACT: Ultisols are the most common soil order in the Brazilian Amazon. The Legal Amazon (LA) has an area of 5 × 106 km2, with few accessible areas, which restricts studies of soils at a detailed level. The pedological properties can be estimated more efficiently using statistical procedures and machine learning techniques, tools which are capable of recognizing patterns in a large soil database. We analyzed the main chemical and physical properties of the B horizons of the Ultisols of […]

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 […]

Digital Soil Mapping Using Machine Learning Algorithms in a Tropical Mountainous Area

Martin Meier, Eliana de Souza, Marcio Rocha Francelino, Elpídio Inácio Fernandes Filho, Carlos Ernesto Gonçalves Reynaud Schaefer


ABSTRACT: Increasingly, applications of machine learning techniques for digital soil mapping (DSM) are being used for different soil mapping purposes. Considering the variety of models available, it is important to know their performance in relation to soil data and environmental variables involved in soil mapping. This paper investigated the performance of eight machine learning algorithms for soil mapping in a tropical mountainous area of an official rural settlement in the Zona da Mata region in Brazil. Morphometric maps generated from […]

Mapping Soil Cation Exchange Capacity in a Semiarid Region through Predictive Models and Covariates from Remote Sensing Data

César da Silva Chagas, Waldir de Carvalho Júnior, Helena Saraiva Koenow Pinheiro, Pedro Armentano Mudado Xavier, Silvio Barge Bhering, Nilson Rendeiro Pereira, [...]


ABSTRACT: Planning sustainable use of land resources requires reliable information about spatial distribution of soil physical and chemical properties related to environmental processes and ecosystemic functions. In this context, cation exchange capacity (CEC) is a fundamental soil quality indicator; however, it takes money and time to obtain this data. Although many studies have been conducted to spatially quantify soil properties on various scales and in different environments, not much is known about interactions between soil properties and environmental covariates in […]

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 […]

Multinomial Logistic Regression and Random Forest Classifiers in Digital Mapping of Soil Classes in Western Haiti

Wesly Jeune, Márcio Rocha Francelino, Eliana de Souza, Elpídio Inácio Fernandes Filho, Genelício Crusoé Rocha


ABSTRACT Digital soil mapping (DSM) has been increasingly used to provide quick and accurate spatial information to support decision-makers in agricultural and environmental planning programs. In this study, we used a DSM approach to map soils in western Haiti and compare the performance of the Multinomial Logistic Regression (MLR) with Random Forest (RF) to classify the soils. The study area of 4,300 km2 is mostly composed of diverse limestone rocks, alluvial deposits, and, to a lesser extent, basalt. A soil […]

Prediction of Topsoil Texture Through Regression Trees and Multiple Linear Regressions

Helena Saraiva Koenow Pinheiro, Waldir de Carvalho, César da Silva Chagas, Lúcia Helena Cunha dos Anjos, Phillip Ray Owens


ABSTRACT: Users of soil survey products are mostly interested in understanding how soil properties vary in space and time. The aim of digital soil mapping (DSM) is to represent the spatial variability of soil properties quantitatively to support decision-making. The goal of this study is to evaluate DSM techniques (Regression Trees – RT and Multiple Linear Regressions – MLR) and the ability of these tools to predict mineral fraction content under a wide variability of landscapes. The study site was […]

Spatial Disaggregation of Multi-Component Soil Map Units Using Legacy Data and a Tree-Based Algorithm in Southern Brazil

Israel Rosa Machado, Elvio Giasson, Alcinei Ribeiro Campos, José Janderson Ferreira Costa, Elisângela Benedet da Silva, Benito Roberto Bonfatti


ABSTRACT Soil surveys often contain multi-component map units comprising two or more soil classes, whose spatial distribution within the map unit is not represented. Digital Soil Mapping tools supported by information from soil surveys make it possible to predict where these classes are located. The aim of this study was to develop a methodology to increase the detail of conventional soil maps by means of spatial disaggregation of multi-component map units and to predict the spatial location of the derived […]

Slash Spatial Linear Modeling: Soybean Yield Variability as a Function of Soil Chemical Properties

Regiane Slongo Fagundes, Miguel Angel Uribe-Opazo, Luciana Pagliosa Carvalho Guedes, Manuel Galea


ABSTRACT: In geostatistical modeling of soil chemical properties, one or more influential observations in a dataset may impair the construction of interpolation maps and their accuracy. An alternative to avoid the problem would be to use most robust models, based on distributions that have heavier tails. Therefore, this study proposes a spatial linear model based on the slash distribution (SSLM) in order to characterize the spatial variability of soybean yields as a function of soil chemical properties. The likelihood ratio […]

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