What is Pedometrics?

Pedometrics = pedos [soil] and metron [measurement]

“Pedometrics” (term coined by A.B. McBratney) is a neologism, which stems from the Greek words pedos [soil] and metron [measurement]. It is formed and used analogously to other applied statistical fields such as biometrics, psychometrics, econometrics etc. (see Preface of Geoderma, 1994: 62). Pedometrics is defined as:

“the application of mathematical and statistical methods for the quantitative modeling of soils, with the purpose of analyzing its distribution, properties and behavior”


Trends in soil science sub-disciplines and subjects between 1967 and 2001. The ordinate is the percentage of papers in Geoderma (source A.. E. Hartemink et al., 2001; Geoderma, 100, pp. 217-268).

 

Contemporary pedometrics topics:

  • Analysis and modeling of spatial and temporal variation of soil properties
  • Digital soil mapping
  • Error propagation
  • Multiscale data integration
  • Soil-landscape modeling
  • SCORPAN or CLORPT based modeling
  • Soil pattern analysis
  • Quantitative soil classification algorithms
  • Pedogenic simulation modeling
  • Design and evaluation of sampling schemes
  • Soil sensors
  • Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy for soil mapping
  • Remote sensing supported soil mapping
  • and more
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