Soil Health Assessment: Technology, Theory and Practice provides up-to-date coverage on the state- of-the-art in soil health assessment, outlining both the technology used in the field and the most effective methods for sample analysis and soil health quantification. Beginning with a review of the links between soil characteristics and soil health, the book outlines laboratory techniques for assessing soil chemistry, organic matter content assessment, soil structural assessment and soil biology indicators. Smartphone technology for soil health indicators, decision support methodologies for land management, and spatial datasets relevant for soil health are also discussed.
Drawing on the experience of its expert editors and authors, this book presents a practical guide for soil scientists, environmental scientists, ecologists and all those who would benefit from rapid, innovative soil-assessment technologies and methods in their own work.
- Reflects on the latest developments in rapid soil biology indicators, offering an improved understanding of how such indicators can quickly and effectively be assessed
- Highlights mobile phone apps and how they can be used for fast, free in-field soil assessment
- Describes how existing spatial datasets relating to soil characteristics at a national, continental and global scale can provide information about soil health
2. Laboratory techniques for assessing soil chemistry
3. Organic matter content assessment
4. Soil structural assessment
5. Soil biology indicators
6. Smartphone technology for soil health indicators
7. Decision support methodologies for land management
8. Spatial datasets relevant for soil health
Dr Aitkenhead is a Soil Scientist at the James Hutton Institute, Scotland, UK. He has a background in a wide range of soil and environmental topics, including soil modelling, land cover mapping, remote sensing interpretation, environmental modelling, soil formation, land use and land use change, artificial intelligence and computer programming. Since completing his PhD in Environmental Modelling at the University of Aberdeen, he has produced over 50 publications including refereed papers, conference proceedings, technical reports and popular articles. A key aspect of his work is the development of novel modelling and classification methods and software packages that utilise spatial remote sensing and environmental data in a wide range of environmental applications. This includes the development of mobile phone apps for environmental monitoring in real-time.
Dr Neilson leads the Integrated Pest and Disease Management (IPM) research at the James Hutton Institute, Scotland, UK. With over 30 years' experience in this field, his current main areas of interest include nematode ecology, assessment and diagnostics, invasive soil species, endocrine disruptors in soil, and impacts of soil erosion. Dr Nielson has over 90 publications to his name and has significant editorial experience thanks to his work with multiple international publications in this field.