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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract - PEDOLOGY NOTE

An iPhone Application for On-Demand Access to Digital Soil Survey Information


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  1. Vol. 74 No. 5, p. 1682-1684
    Received: Mar 23, 2010

    * Corresponding author(s): debeaudette@ucdavis.edu
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  1. D. E. Beaudette * and
  2. A. T. O'Geen
  1. Dep. of Land, Air, and Water Resources, Univ. of California, One Shields Ave. Davis, CA 95616


The mission statement of the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) emphasizes the importance of information delivery in widely accessible and relevant formats. This aspect of the mission is especially relevant now as the NCSS explores new ways to circulate large and complex geospatial data sets to the public in digital formats. Web-based delivery mechanisms that can simplify the interpretation and delivery of these data are evolving at a rapid pace. The disadvantage of web-based soil survey formats is that user access is limited to a computer terminal with an internet connection. We have developed an iPhone application to support on-demand access to soil survey information from any location (with cell phone coverage) in the lower 48 states. This application interfaces with our web-based soil survey application (casoilresource.lawr.ucdavis.edu/map; verified 20 July 2010) to extend soils information in a user-friendly format.

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