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MS Thesis Defense - Joshua Gates

A Comparison of VNIR and MIR Spectroscopy for Predicting Various Soil Properties

1:00 pm
Hardin Hall Room: 901
3310 Holdrege St
Lincoln NE 68583
Additional Info: HARH
Paul Hanson,
Soil plays an important role in our daily lives, namely producing food, cleaning water and storing carbon. The ability to rapidly and cost-effectively quantify the various components in soils can help us understand and better manage this important resource. This study aims to compare the ability of visible near-infrared (VNIR) spectroscopy and mid-infrared (MIR) spectroscopy to quickly and accurately predict various important soil properties (electrical conductivity, soil pH, cation exchange capacity, exchangeable cations, phosphorus, carbon, beta-glucosidase enzyme activity and nitrogen). Prediction models were developed using partial least squares regression (PLSR) techniques. Three different calibration sampling methods were tested along with various spectral preprocessing techniques to find the best predictive ability of VNIR and MIR. Soil components related to carbon, nitrogen and cation exchange capacity had good predictive ability (R2 > 0.8) by both VNIR and MIR, but MIR was more accurate. Electrical conductivity, sodium cations and phosphorus were poorly predicted by both (<0.71). VNIR models were not as robust as MIR models but could be potentially useful for qualitative analyses when rapid analyses are preferred over accuracy. MIR predictions overall were more accurate predictions than VNIR and could potentially be used as a surrogate method for timely laboratory techniques for spectrally active soil components.

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