Short course on soil mapping methods - European Geosciences Union - Soil System Sciences Division ( 4/2015 )
Maps facilitate the understanding of the variable's distribution. They contribute to resume complex information and make possible a quick assessment and analysis of the studied areas. It is fundamental that soil researchers could understand maps language and have the ability to present their results in maps. This will facilitate the comprehension of data distribution and the factors responsible in time and space. Also, allow to cross-variables and understand their dependence, on a plot, catchment, municipality, province, and region or country level. On the management level, maps represent in an easy manner, the land-use changes and the impact of human activities on soil. This course is very important to soil scientists, some of them in the first steps of their careers have difficulties to explain and represent data using maps. The aim of this course is to provide some basic information about soil mapping methodologies, including basic cartography methods, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), geostatistical and spatial analysis.