Using Geostatistics, DEM and Remote Sensing to Clarify Soil Cover Maps of Ukraine

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The basic soil maps of Ukraine were created during broadscale surveys between 1956 and 1961. There has been further examination of several areas but, even now, there are places without soil information. Comparison of the soil maps with remotely sensed data and digital elevation models shows some significant differences, especially in the definition of contours, and the extent of eroded soils is much increased—so there is a need for new research on spatial and chronological soil changes. For this task, we constructed a 1m-resolution digital elevation model for accurate delineation of all landform elements. Using geostatistics, we can associate soil mapping units with their landform elements and create contoured soil maps for areas where these are lacking. In the same way, it is possible to refine soil mapping units for the rest of the country.


DEM Geostatistics Multinomial logistic regression Predictive soil mapping 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Soil Science, Institute of Biology Chemistry and Bio-ResourcesYuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National UniversityChernivtsyUkraine

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