Commission 1.5 Pedometrics, Division 1 of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS)

Dr. Grunwald was Vice Chair of the Pedometrics Commission 1.5 – IUSS (2004 – 2006) and Chair of the Workgroup Digital Soil Mapping – Soil Science Society of America (Div. S5 Pedology) (2008 – 2013).

Pedometrics Meeting 2005 in Naples, Florida

The Biannual Meeting of Commission 1.5 Pedometrics – the Pedometrics 2005 Meeting – took place in September 12-14, 2005 in Naples, Florida, USA and was hosted by Dr. Grunwald. The keynote speakers Harold van Es, Professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Cornell University, USA; Marc Van Meirvenne, Professor in the Dept. Soil Management and Soil Care, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, Belgium; and Jay Bell, Professor in the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate at the University of Minnesota, USA gave talks on “Spatially-Balanced Experimental Designs for Field Experiments”, “Pedometrics in Transition: From too few to too many Data?”, and “Dynamic Soil Mapping: Adding the Temporal Dimension”. All keynote talks stimulated discussion on critical topics related to pedometrics. A total of 36 oral and 16 poster papers were presented on topics as diverse as digital soil mapping, geostatistics, visible/near/mid-infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, and soil and remote sensor applications [complete list of abstracts]. Novel quantitative methods and creative ideas to improve our understanding of soils and how they relate to environmental factors were presented.

A pre-conference workshop on “Quantitative Visible and Near-Infrared Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy for Soil Characterization” was taught by David Brown (Montana State University, Bozeman) and Fred McClure (North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC). The post-conference tour into the Greater Everglades was lead by Mark Clark, Soil and Water Science Department, University of Florida. Tour stops included the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve, an airboat tour, and Shark Valley Everglades National Park. Besides mosquito, participants enjoyed the pleasant Florida September heat and sun.

Fig. 1. Conference participants Pedometrics 2005 meeting in Naples, Florida (hosted by Dr. Grunwald).

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