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10 Apr 2024
Short communication |  | 10 Apr 2024

Best performances of visible–near-infrared models in soils with little carbonate – a field study in Switzerland

Simon Oberholzer, Laura Summerauer, Markus Steffens, and Chinwe Ifejika Speranza

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Short summary
This study investigated the performance of visual and near-infrared spectroscopy in six fields in Switzerland. Spectral models showed a good performance for soil properties related to organic matter at the field scale. However, spectral models performed best in fields with low mean carbonate content because high carbonate content masks spectral features for organic carbon. These findings help facilitate the establishment and implementation of new local soil spectroscopy projects.