Global Soil Partnership

First meeting of the Steering Committee on Spectroscopy

Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy is rapidly being taken up as a rapid, low cost and high reproducible method for soil analysis. There have been several initiatives to foster a global approach to soil spectroscopy. Harmonised global spectral libraries would help increase knowledge on the mineral and organic composition of soils and aid the development of spectral indicators and soil property calibrations. However, the use of different methods and standard operating procedures among different laboratories poses an obstacle to progressing global spectral libraries.

This is the first meeting of the Steering Committee on soil spectroscopy of the Global Soil Laboratory Network (GLOSOLAN) to develop guidelines to help consistency and harmonization of soil spectral data globally.

The Committee will work off a first draft outline of the guidelines, which they hope may be developed further into standards in future. This will then be circulated among the GLOSOLAN spectroscopy Working Group. The Committee hopes that the global spectral community will contribute to make this a joint resource. The results of both (wet chemistry and spectroscopy) harmonization efforts will be used in the (distributed) Global Soil Information System GLOSIS under the Global Soil Partnership.

06 Nov 2019
- 08 Nov 2019
Kellogg Soil Survey Laboratory, National Soil Survey Center, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Federal Bldg., MS-41, 100 Centennial Mall North, Lincoln, NE 68508, USA