Towards a new framework for modeling the soil-landscape continuum

K. McSweeney, P. E. Gessler, B. K. Slater, R. D. Hammer, J. C. Bell, G. W. Petersen

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This paper provides a brief historical review of soil-geomorphological approaches to investigations of soil-landscape formation, and an outline of a methodological and conceptual appraoch for three-dimensional (3-D) modeling of the soil-landscape continuum that utilizes geographic information systems (GIS), spatial analysis and field data. Four interrelated, iterative stages are outlined: assembly and analysis of pertinent data to characterize a physiographic domain; geomorphometric characterization of the landscape from digital terrain models; georeferenced sampling as a basis for defining soil horizons, their attributes, and spatial arrangement in the landscape; and the basis structure of the model, providing insight into the range, variance, and correlation of soil and associated landform attributes, and the pedogeomorphic processes that formed the landscape. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-145
Number of pages19
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994


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