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Geopedology: An Integration of Geomorphology and Pedology for Soil and Landscape Studies

First book presenting foundations, concepts, methods, techniques, and integrated applications of Geopedology for multi-scale landscape mapping and analysis
Offers a reliable mapping approach that provides salient soil and landscape information at scales appropriate for practical uses in agriculture, landscape management, land use planning, geohazard mapping
Of particular relevance for governments and agencies of developing countries in need of up-to-date soil information
Presents a broad sample of soil-geoform relationships under different environmental conditions
Written in a comprehensive way for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students and faculties in scientific departments such as Soil Science, Earth Sciences and Geography, and Environmental Sciences, interested in the landscape-oriented approach of Geopedology

By: Joseph Alfred Zinck (Editor), Graciela Metternicht (Editor), Gerardo Bocco (Editor), Héctor Francesco del Valle (Editor)

430 pages, biography

Springer-Verlag

Hardback | Jan 2016 | #225620 | ISBN-13: 9783319191584
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About this book

Geopedology offers a proven approach for reliable mapping of soil-landscape relationships to derive information for policy, planning and management at scales ranging from local to regional. Geopedology presents the theoretical and conceptual framework of the geopedologic approach and a bulk of applied research showing its application and benefits for knowledge generation relevant to geohazard studies, land use conflict analysis, land use planning, land degradation assessment, and land suitability analysis. Soil is a vital resource for society at large and an important determinant of the economic status of nations. The intensification of natural disasters and the increased land use competition for food and energy have raised awareness of the relevant role the pedosphere plays in natural and anthropogenic environments. Recent papers and global initiatives show a renewed interest in soil research and its applications for improved planning and management of this fragile and finite resource.


Contents

Presentation

Part I: Foundations
- Introduction
- Relations between Geomorphology and Pedology: Brief Review
- The Geopedologic Approach
- The Pedologic Landscape: Organisation of the Soil Material
- The Geomorphic Landscape: Criteria for Classifying Geoforms
- The Geomorphic Landscape: Classification of Geoforms
- The Geomorphic Landscape: the Attributes of the Geoforms

Part II: Approaches to Soil-landscape Patterns Analysis
- Linking Ethnopedology and Geopedology: a Synergistic Approach
- The Diversity of sSoil-landscape Relationships: State of the Art and Future Challenges
- A New Soil-landscape Approach to the Genesis and Distribution of Typic and Vertic Argiudolls in the Rolling Pampa of Argentina
- Soil-Landform Relationships in the Arid Northern United Arab Emirates
- Knowledge is Power: Where Geopedologic Insights are Necessary for Predictive Digital Soil Mapping
- Geopedology, a Tool for Soil-Geoform Pattern Analysis
- Use of Soil Maps and Surveys to Interpret Soil-Landform Assemblages and Soil-Landscape Evolution

Part III: Methods and Techniques
- Soil Survey Based on Landscape Classification in an Area of Semiarid Chaco Ecosystem, Argentina
- Updating of a Physiographically-Based Soil Map Using Digital Soil Mapping Techniques
- Contribution of Open Access Global SAR Mosaics to Soil Survey Programs at Regional Level: A Case Study in North-Eastern Patagonia
- Geopedology Promotes Precision and Efficiency in Soil Mapping. Photo-interpret ation Application in the Henares River Valley, Spain
- Using Geomorphometry to Map Physiographic units in Colombia
- Geomorphometric Landscape Analysis of Agricultural Areas and Rangelands of Western Australia
- Multi-scale Application of a Hierarchic Geomorphic System in Soil Survey in Colombia
- Digital Elevation Models to Improve Soil Mapping in Mountainous Areas: Case Study in Colombia
- Landform Mapping in Somalia Using SHILMA (Somalia Hierarchical Integrated Landform Mapping Approach)
- The Outcomes of Applying a Geopedologic Approach to Soil Survey in Iran
- The role of Geopedology in Mapping Soils in Thailand.-Neuro-fuzzy Classification of the Landscape for Soil Mapping in the Central Plains of Venezuela

Part IV: Applications in Land Degradation and Geohazard Studies
- Gully Erosion Analysis. Why geopedology matters?
- Soil Susceptibility to Mass Movements: A Geopedologic Approach
- Geomorphic Landscape Approach for Mapping Soil Degradation and Hazard Prediction in Semi-arid Environments: A Case Study of the Cochabamba Valley (Bolivia)
- Geopedology and Land Degradation in Northwest Argentina
- Adequacy Of Soil Information Resulting from Geopedology-based Predictive Soil Mapping for Assessing Land Degradation: Case Studies of Nam Chun, Pa Sak Valley and Nong Sung in Thailand

Part V: Applications in Land Use Planning and Land Zoning Studies
- Implementation of a Geopedologic Map as a Basis for Delineating Ecosystem Units at National Level in Colombia
- Ecological Land Zonation Using Integrated Geopedologic and Vegetation Information. Case Study of the Cabo de Gata-Nijar Natural Park (Almeria, Spain)
- Soil Survey Applying the Geopedologic Approach in Argentine North Patagonia as Basic Information to Design a Forestry Plan
- Territorial Zoning Based on Geopedologic Information: Case Study in the Caroni River Basin, Venezuela
- Contribution of Geopedology to Land Use Conflict Analysis and Land Use Planning in a Peri-urban Fringe
- Applying a Geopedologic Approach for Mapping Tropical Forest Soils and Related Soil Fertility in Northern Thailand
- Synthesis and Conclusions


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