Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 83, Issue 1–2, pp 161–172 | Cite as

Kriging and mapping of copper, lead, and mercury contents in surface soil in Shenzhen area



Two-dimensional ordinary block kriging as an optimal interpolation technique was applied to produce regular grids of predicted estimates of copper, lead, and mercury contents in surface soil in the Shenzhen area for mapping purposes. The kriging analysis was based on theoretical variograms calculated from measured data of eighty three top soil samples. The appropriateness of the whole procedure of kriging analysis was evaluated by both cross-validation and kriging standard deviation mapping. The similarity in area variation between the distribution of soil parent material and the mapped results of copper and lead is demonstrated. The possible influence of agricultural contamination on the spatial distribution pattern of mercurcy is also discussed.


Kriging Regular Grid Deviation Mapping Interpolation Technique Spatial Distribution Pattern 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shu Tao
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  1. 1.Dept. of GeographyPeking UniversityBeijingChina

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