Wednesday, September 26, 2012

All Mixed Up: A seminar on how to measure mine soils

Want to know how to measure soils on mine sites? Interested in the process of research, especially when things don't go according to plan? Then you may be interested in my final PhD Public Seminar :)

I am just about to submit my PhD entitled "Assessing mine soils with enhanced small-scale variation for mine rehabilitation activities" and would love for any enthusiasts, scientists, land managers to come along to ANU.

I will also be writing a blog post on my PhD research in the coming months. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Australian Soil Society Webinar!!

New South Wales Branch 2012 Harald Jensen Lecture: 

"Particulates vs Partisans, Humus vs The Rotten, Charcoal vs The Cooked" 

Dr Mark Conyers Webinar 

Friday 28th September 2012, 7.15pm 

The inaugural Harald Jensen Lecture is on this Friday evening. You don't have to go to Sydney to listen to Mark! Instead this is an ideal opportunity to just sit in the comfort of your lounge room and participate via interactive webinar.

To subscribe, follow the link before midday on Friday.

The cost of the webinar is $20 per head. You won't have to pay when you click on the link above. Instead, please contact myself for further details.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Crowd Sourcing Soil Data and DIY Specs

I am pretty excited about the possibilities of Open Access in soil science, and this is a great example of why!

The DIY Lab Spec

The idea of using cameras and camera phones in spectral work has been around for awhile. The problem has been in the coarse-ness of the measurement; the cameras and calibration are too wide for any really accurate or precise measurements. But this has the potential to break that barrier! With the crowd-sourcing of data, calibration can become more and more refined. And camera lenses are getting more and more amazing, only helping to improve the precision and accuracy of the technique.

 Technology + crowd sourcing + open access = amazing possibilities!

The possibilities:
* Use from unis to developing countries to backyards!
* Farmers can test thier own soil
* Great educational tool!
* Massive data bank of open access soil data *
 An affordable tool that can then be used to collect data for other projects as well, reducing costs of on field experiments and data analysis. Yep! Crowd source soil data!

Wow! I can't wait for mine to arrive so I can start playing with it and adding to the data bank.