2017 Warkentin Lecture: "Knowledge Discovery from Soil Databases" - Dr. James Bockheim

Dr. James Bockheim
Professor Emeritus
University Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Bockheim has been working in the Antarctic for over 40 years.  He is considered a leading experin in the formation of high latitude and alpine soils.

Knowledge Discovery from Soil Databases

Using soil databases to explore regional pedogenesis, soil complexity, "mega" soil series.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service databases offer considerable opportunities to study the properties, genesis, classification, and geography of soils. Examples of how the speaker has applied these databases include an elucidation of the current taxonomic structure of soils of the USA; the importance and development of state soils books; the application of a new approach called “comparative pedology” in understanding regional differences in soil orders; exploration of the vertical complexity of soils; the delineation and geographic patterning of “mega” (>1 million acres) soil series; and the nature, distribution, and genesis of diagnostic horizons and materials.

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ag & Life Sciences Building
Trang Nguyen
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Crop & Soil Science