Articles | Volume 7, issue 1
SOIL, 7, 193–215, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-7-193-2021
SOIL, 7, 193–215, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-7-193-2021

Original research article 14 Jun 2021

Original research article | 14 Jun 2021

Quantifying soil carbon in temperate peatlands using a mid-IR soil spectral library

Anatol Helfenstein et al.

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In this study, we show that a soil spectral library (SSL) can be used to predict soil carbon at new and very different locations. The importance of this finding is that it requires less time-consuming lab work than calibrating a new model for every local application, while still remaining similar to or more accurate than local models. Furthermore, we show that this method even works for predicting (drained) peat soils, using a SSL with mostly mineral soils containing much less soil carbon.