Application of Proximal and Remote Sensing
Technologies for Soil Investigations (A Virtual Event) 
16-19 August 2021

Registration is Now Open - See Details Below

Symposium Description:
There have been substantial recent advances in soil science regarding the use of proximal and remote sensing technologies, not just employing these two technologies separately, but also in combination, such as new sensor platform integrations and fusion of proximal and remote sensing datasets to improve soil characterization and mapping. This virtual symposium will provide a unique opportunity that brings together scientists and engineers across a range of disciplines to explore the combined potential of proximal and remote sensing technologies as related to soil science applications. The first three days of the symposium (August 16-18) will have six technical sessions, with close to 50 presentations total, on the topics listed below. 

Day 1 – Session 1: Introduction & Overview of Traditional Proximal Sensing Methods and New Proximal-Remote Sensing Technologies
Day 1 – Session 2: Application of UAV, Aircraft, and Satellite Imagery for Soil Exploration 

Day 2 – Session 3: Soil Electrical Conductivity Studies
Day 2 – Session 4: Soil Investigation Using GPR, TDR, Seismic, or Optical Spectroscopy 

Day 3 – Session 5: Fusion of Proximal Sensing Measurements for Soil Research
Day 3 – Session 6: Combined Use of Proximal and Remote Sensing Methods

The final day of the virtual symposium (Day 4 – August 19) will be devoted to a short course titled, “Sensor Data Management and Processing”.  The course instructor is Dr. Craig Lobsey (University of Southern Queensland), with an invited presentation on Flat File Systems (FlatFS) for sensor data management by Dr. Stijn Dekeyser (University of Southern Queensland).  Many of us are familiar with the challenges of data management and processing, especially dealing with large, disparate, and frequently evolving datasets!  The interactive short course will feature several topics covering modern tools and techniques to improve the storage, management, and processing of proximal sensing data obtained for soil investigation.  The overall goal of this short course will be to raise awareness of emerging computing techniques and systems, including version control of our data.  Topics covered will benefit those new to proximal soil sensing and more experienced practitioners alike.

Symposium Format:
Those who register will have access to the ~15 minute prerecorded technical session presentations at least one week before and two weeks after the live, online symposium event. For each of the live, online technical sessions (August 16-18), a series of 5-minute summary “lightning” talks will be followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. The live, online symposium, including the short course (August 19) will itself be recorded and made available for at least two weeks after the event to those that have registered.

For symposium registration and more information go to: 

Professional: US$125
Student: US$20
Registration closes on 19 August 2021
(Symposium registration does not require SEG membership, but a simple account set-up, at no charge, is needed during the process.) 

Opportunities for symposium sponsorship are available at three levels: Platinum ($1,000 including 4 registrations), Gold ($500 including 2 registrations), and Silver ($250 including 1 registration). Sponsorship information can be found at:


Symposium Program Schedule

Scheduled times are based on Central U.S. time, which is GMT/UTC -5 hrs.
Host time begins at 18:00 or 6:00 PM Central U.S. time.
Equivalent global times are: 4:00 PDT, 5:00 PM MDT, 7:00 PM Santiago and EDT, 8:00 PM BRT and ADT, 8:30 PM NDT, 11:00 PM UTC/GMT, 12:00 AM BST, 1:00 AM CEST, 1: 30 AM NDT, 2:00 AM EEST, 4:30 AM IST, 7:00 AM AWST and China, 8:00 AM JST, 9:00 AM AEST, 11:00 AM NZST  

Organizing Committee:

Barry Allred, USDA – Agricultural Research Service, United States of America
Craig Lobsey, University of Southern Queensland, Australia
Laurie Whitesell, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, United States of America

Technical Committee:

Viacheslav Adamchuk, McGill University, Canada
Tom Bishop, University of Sydney, Australia
Asim Biswas, University of Guelph, Canada
Yian Cui, Central South University, China
Kennedy Doro, University of Toledo, United States of America
Mark Everett, Texas A&M University, United States of America
Sami Khanal, Ohio State University, United States of America
Angelo Lampousis, City College of New York, United States of America
Zhiqu Lu, University of Mississippi, United States of America
Jose P. Molin, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Abdul Mouazen, Ghent University, Belgium
Raphael Viscarra Rossel, Curtin University, Australia
Pierre Roudier, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, New Zealand
Hirotaka Saito, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan
Zhou Shi, Zhejiang University, China
Uta Stockmann, CSIRO, Australia
Ken Sudduth, USDA – Agricultural Research Service, United States of America
John Triantafilis, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, New Zealand 

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