Continuous Mapping of Topsoil Calcium Carbonate using Geostatistical Techniques in a Semi-arid Region

Australian Journal of Crop Science, 4(8):603-608 (2010)

Fereydoon Sarmadian, Ali Keshavarzi, and Arash Malekian

“Prediction and mapping of soil calcium carbonate are necessary for sustainable management of soil fertility. So, this research was done with the aims of (1) evaluation and analyzing spatial variability of topsoil calcium carbonate as an aspect of soil fertility and plant nutrition, (2) comparing geostatistical methods such as kriging and co-kriging and (3) continuous mapping of topsoil calcium carbonate. Sampling was done with stratified random method and 23 soil samples from 0 to 15 cm depth were collected. In co-kriging method, salinity data was also used as auxiliary variable. For comparing and evaluation of geostatistical methods, cross validation and statistical parameters such as correlation coefficient and RMSE were considered. The results showed that co-kriging method has the higher correlation coefficient (0.76) and less RMSE (4.1) which means its higher accuracy than kriging method to predict calcium carbonate content.”

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