Application of Proximal and Remote Sensing Technologies for Soil Investigations
17-19 August 2021 | Virtual Event

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 10 May 2021 to 15 June 2021


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 symposium will provide a unique opportunity that brings together scientists and engineers across a range of disciplines to explore the combined potential of proximal sensing (i.e. near surface geophysics, soil profile probes, etc.) and remote sensing (i.e. UAV, aircraft, and satellite imagery) technologies as related to soil science applications. The first two days of the symposium will have technical sessions and panel discussions on potential topics listed below.

The final day of the symposium will be devoted to a short course titled, “Bring Your Sensor Data Management and Processing into the 21st Century!” 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 presented will feature several topics covering modern tools and techniques to improve the storage, management, and processing of proximal soil sensing data obtained for soil investigation. The overall goal of this workshop will be to raise awareness of emerging computing techniques and systems. It will benefit those new to proximal soil sensing and more experienced practitioners alike.

Abstract Format:

  • Should be 400-600 words and contain only 1 or 2 images/graphs/tables total that are fully captioned.
  • Font: Times New Roman size 12 font
  • Abstracts should be submitted to [email protected] with Application of Proximal and Remote Sensing Technologies for Soil Investigations Abstract in the subject line. 

Potential Technical Session and Panel Discussion Topics:

  • Developments in sensor data analytics, data fusion, inversion, inference, etc.
  • Emerging sensor technologies
  • Geophysical characterization of soil physical and biogeochemical processes
  • Geotechnical applications of proximal sensing
  • Technologies for investigation of soil hydrological processes
  • Integration of proximal and remote sensing technologies for soil investigation
  • Monitoring temporal variations in soil properties/conditions with proximal and remote sensing technologies
  • Novel application of soil sensing in geophysics, archaeology, site remediation, etc.
  • Novel application of UAVs for soil characterization
  • Characterization of soil physical properties
  • Pragmatic sensing (examples of practical application e.g. in agricultural production)
  • Sensing (sub)soil constraints to crop production
  • Sensing for monitoring / management of ecosystem services
  • Sensing soil biology
  • Understanding and solving negative influences of external factors on geophysical methods
  • Special Session: Overview of proximal soil sensing methods (general summary talks on GPR, EM, resistivity, gamma ray spectroscopy, etc.)
  • Special Session: student research presentations


Please contact Barry Allred, [email protected] or Craig Lobsey, [email protected] or Laurie Whitesell, [email protected]