- Falkland Islands soil mapping
- The SAERI DarwinPlus083 project “Soil map and online database as climate change mitigation tools” also known as the Falkland Islands Soil Mapping Project (April 2018 to October 2020) was funded by the Darwin Initiative through UK Government funding. It aimed to deliver a national soil class map, tools for local landowners to improve land management sustainably and provide a baseline for peat and erosion extent to monitor anticipated changes in soil properties and peat brought about by climate change.
The soil mapping was carried out using digital soil mapping with spatial covariates (e.g. topography, geology, habitat classification, Sentinel-2 imagery) and field observations, which were linked using a trained neural network model. Over two field seasons (2018/19 and 2019/20) 200 points were visited across the Falklands. At these points soil samples were collected for lab analyses, field descriptions were made to inform soil classification and a penetrologger was used to measure resistance to penetration. The information gathered in the field and data obtained in the lab were then applied to the soil model.
This webGIS presents the maps produced by the project. All maps are in 30 x 30 m resolution.
SAERI, DPLUS083 Soil Mapping Project, grant aided by the Darwin Initiative through UK Government funding.
- SAERI, Falkland Islands Government’s Department of Agriculture, James Hutton Institute, UK Falkland Islands Trust, UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, the Natural History Museum, University of Magallanes.
- Stefanie Carter
- scarter (at) saeri.ac.fk
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