(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2012)

Document title

Satellite remote sensing for soil mapping in Africa : An overview

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

(1) European Commission - Joint Research Centre, ITALIE
(2) Inst. Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II, MAROC


To provide timely and reliable information on soils at synoptic scales, moderate and coarse spatial resolution satellite data offer many possibilities. This paper reviews how a range of multispectral, thermal infrared, passive microwave and active microwave spaceborne sensors can be used in the delineation of soil units, as well as in the assessment of some of their key properties and threats to soil functions from pressures such as water and wind erosion, landslides and salinization. The AA. show that remotely sensed data can be used for mapping soils in Africa but often need to be combined with ancillary data and field observations in order to be effective. Remote sensing is shown to be a key component of the emerging discipline of digital soil mapping


Article of periodic

published at : Progress in physical geography / ISSN 0309-1333 / CODEN PPGEEC

Editor : Sage Publications, London - ROYAUME-UNI (1977)

Millesime : 2012, vol. 36, no4 [pp. 514-538]

Bibliographic references : 7 p.

Collation : 1 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 14648 A

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