Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Agenda

Pedometrics 2017 conference

Date: 26 June 2017 - 01 July 2017
Location: Wageningen

From 26 June to 1 July 2017 the Pedometrics conference will be held in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Pedometrics is a branch of soil science dedicated to the application of mathematical and statistical methods for the study of the distribution and genesis of soils. The 2017 conference marks the occasion of 25 years of Pedometrics.

Pedometrics 2017 is organised by the Pedometrics Commission of the International Union of Soil Science and its Working Groups: Digital Soil Mapping, Digital Soil Morphometrics, Modelling of Soil and Landscape Evolution, Proximal Soil Sensing and Soil Monitoring.

What is Pedometrics?

Pedometrics is a branch of soil science that applies mathematical and statistical methods for the study of the distribution and genesis of soils. The goal of pedometrics is to achieve a better understanding of the soil as a phenomenon that varies over different scales in space and time. This understanding is important, both for improved soil management and for our scientific appreciation of the soil and the systems (agronomic, ecological and hydrological) of which it is a part. For this reason much of pedometrics is concerned with predicting the properties of the soil in space and time, with sampling and monitoring the soil and with modelling the soil’s behaviour. Pedometricians are typically engaged in developing and applying quantitative methods to apply to these problems. These include geostatistical methods for spatial prediction, sampling designs and strategies, linear modelling methods and novel mathematical and computational techniques such as wavelet transforms, data mining and fuzzy logic.

PEDOMETRICS CONFERENCE 2017 | 26 June – 1 July | Wageningen University Campus

Pedometrics 2017 will be a joint meeting of the Pedometrics Commission and five of its associated Working Groups: Digital Soil Mapping, Digital Soil Morphometrics, Modelling of Soil and Landscape Evolution, Proximal Soil Sensing, and Soil Monitoring. This will be an excellent opportunity to present and discuss your work and learn about recent developments in quantitative soil science. But we will not only be concerned with current developments! We will also look 25 years back and 25 years ahead to celebrate what has been achieved and contemplate what the future will bring. If you are interested in joining the conference, click here for more details.

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS | Monday 26 June

Prior to the actual Pedometrics conference, a number of workshops for academics are offered by experts from around the world. They cover topics ranging from those specifically aligned to Pedometrics to more general soil science, software, programming, decision making, scientific publishing and statistical topics. For the full list of workshops, see the list below. You can click on the name of a workshop to go to the website with more details. Workshops are open to all, also those not participating in the conference. There are full-day workshops and half-day workshops. The regular participation fee for a full-day workshop is € 100,- and for a half-day workshop is € 60,-. If you join two half-day workshops, the fee is € 100,-. This includes coffee/tea and lunch. WIMEK supports these workshops and therefore offers a 50% reduction to the workshop fee for all WIMEK PhD candidates.

To make use of this WIMEK subsidy, you will first have to register for the workshop(s) on the website of the conference, and you will have to pay the regular fee to them. Accordingly, you should inform us about the workshop(s) that you will be joining, and that you would like us to give you the subsidy. Then, once the workshops have finished, we will arrange the subsidy with you or with your research group directly.

Note: Each workshop requires a minimum of 15 participants to be held. If a workshop does not proceed, participants will be offered the option to transfer to another workshop or receive a full refund. There is also a maximum number of places per workshop and a place can only be assured once payment has been made. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Full-day Workshops (09:00-17:00 hrs):

  • USE R! PEDOMETRICS TUTORIALS
  • HANDS-ON MODELLING OF SOIL - AND SOILSCAPE DEVELOPMENT
  • SOIL PROFILE IMAGE ANALYSIS: ESTIMATING SOIL PROPERTIES FROM DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
  • SPATIAL SAMPLING FOR MAPPING

Morning Workshops (09:00-12:30 hrs):

  • USING R FOR INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY RESEARCH
  • INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL SOIL MAPPING
  • THE '4 PER 1000 INITIATIVE – SOILS FOR FOOD SECURITY AND CLIMATE' FOR PEDOMETRICIANS
  • PUBLICATION OF SCIENTIFIC PAPERS, REVIEWING AND STATISTICS IN SOIL SCIENCE
  • INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY AS A FAST AND RELIABLE METHOD OF SOIL TESTING IN PRACTICE

Afternoon Workshops (13:30-17:00 hrs):

  • GEOSTATISTICAL TOOLBOX FOR THE EARTH SCIENCES
  • INTERPRETATION OF MID INFRARED (MIR) SPECTRA OF SOILS
  • FUNCTIONAL LAND MANAGEMENT- UNDERSTANDING THE SUPPLY OF SOIL FUNCTIONS IN A LANDSCAPE CONTEXT
  • INFRARED SPECTROSCOPY AS A FAST AND RELIABLE METHOD OF SOIL TESTING IN PRACTICE

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