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Mapping of Soils and Land-Related Environmental Attributes in France: Analysis of End-Users’ Needs

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INRA, US 1106 InfoSol, F-45075 Orléans, France
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Ministère de l’Agriculture et de l’Alimentation, F-75007 Paris, France
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LISAH, Université de Montpellier, INRA, IRD, Montpellier SupAgro, F-34000 Montpellier, France
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INRA, Agrocampus Ouest, UMR SAS, F-35042 Rennes, France
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Chambre Régionale d’Agriculture Grand Est, Espace Européen de l’Entreprise, 2 rue de Rome, CS 30022 Schiltigheim, F-67013 Strasbourg CEDEX, France
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Sustainability 2019, 11(10), 2940; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11102940
Received: 14 May 2019 / Revised: 18 May 2019 / Accepted: 20 May 2019 / Published: 23 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from "Soil Security and Planetary Health Conference")
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Abstract

The 1:250,000 soil mapping program of France is nearly complete. Although mapping has been conducted using conventional methods, there is a discernible need to obtain more precise soil data using other methods, and this is attracting considerable attention. However, it is currently not possible to implement a conventional and systematic program throughout the French territory, as the cost of acquiring new data on a finer scale is too high. In light of this, the Ministry of Agriculture commissioned a national survey to determine the needs of soil mapping in France, which asked questions to soil data producers and end-users. The results presented here summarize the main needs expressed by end-users. The main topics covered by soil mapping applications are identified in addition to the main mismatches between topics currently covered using available soil maps and the needs of end-users. Certain priorities for producing new soil information are identified in relation to geographical environments and settings, soil attributes, the spatial resolution of maps and the use of uncertainty estimates. Digital Soil Mapping is identified as a method that can bridge economic, scientific and practical considerations, but it requires dedicated efforts in order to build capacity. Finally, there is discussion of how the consideration of user needs can be employed to enhance the contribution of a new Digital Soil Mapping era, and to launch an operational soil security paradigm in France. View Full-Text
Keywords: soil mapping; end-users’ needs; digital soil mapping; France soil mapping; end-users’ needs; digital soil mapping; France
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Richer-de-Forges, A.C.; Arrouays, D.; Bardy, M.; Bispo, A.; Lagacherie, P.; Laroche, B.; Lemercier, B.; Sauter, J.; Voltz, M. Mapping of Soils and Land-Related Environmental Attributes in France: Analysis of End-Users’ Needs. Sustainability 2019, 11, 2940.

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