PROGRESS IN GEOGRAPHY ›› 2018, Vol. 37 ›› Issue (1): 79-92.doi: 10.18306/dlkxjz.2018.01.009

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Soil information acquisition based on remote sensing and proximal soil sensing: Current status and prospect

Zhou SHI1(), Dongyun XU1, Hongfen TENG1, Yueming HU2, Xianzhang PANG3, Ganlin ZHANG3   

  1. 1. College of Environmental & Resource Sciences, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China;
    2. College of Natural Resources and Environment of South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China
    3. Institute of Soil Science, CAS, Nanjing 210008, China
  • Received:2017-12-19 Revised:2018-01-14 Online:2018-01-28 Published:2018-01-28
  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.L1624026;Research Project on the Development Strategy of Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.2016-DX-C-02


Soil as an important study object of physical geography, acts as the essential link between geographical elements such as water, atmosphere, organisms, and so on. Therefore, research on accurate and efficient acquisition of soil information has great significance in the development of modern geography. In this article, the operation principles of various sensors equipped on satellite, aviation, and unmanned aerial vehicle platforms and ground devices for soil information acquisition were introduced. Then the authors summed up the findings on the methods and techniques of rapid acquisition of soil information based on remote sensing and proximal soil sensing and their applications in soil mapping and soil attribute prediction. Applications of soil information acquisition in soil geography were also explained. Finally, this article discussed the prospect of development of remote and proximal soil sensing.

Key words: soil information, remote sensing, proximal soil sensing, soil geography