Thursday, February 23, 2017

MSU Field Study on Soil and Vegetation

Students at Michigan State University collected soil data for a near by county. They took samples of soil, coordinates of vegetation and soil samples and classified each sample. They used GIS to compile information. They were able to create boundaries of where each soil stopped and started, as well as list areas where certain vegetation was popular. 

This image shows how they were able to put the divisions of different areas of soil on a map and predict where they are coming from. Because they are able to predict where the sediment is from this could help predict floods and water runoff of the area.

This study also shows how Southwestern can apply this to Eco Lab. Because Eco Lab is already a small area it is possible to do a similar study out there.  If students in Eco Lab did a similar study it could lead to many more projects with the foundation of their hard work.

Hupy, J. P., Aldrich, S. P., Schaetzl, R. J., Varnakovida, P., Arima, E. Y., Bookout, J. R., ... & McKnight, K. P. (2005). Mapping soils, vegetation, and landforms: An integrative physical geography field experience. The Professional Geographer57(3), 438-451.

1 comment:

  1. If we did use this type of research for Eco Lab, I wonder if we would study the same things or if we would use GIS differently. It seems that this specific use of GIS could definitely benefit the studies going on at Eco Lab.