Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
SOIL, 7, 693–715, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-7-693-2021

Special issue: Tropical biogeochemistry of soils in the Congo Basin and the...

SOIL, 7, 693–715, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/soil-7-693-2021

Original research article 26 Oct 2021

Original research article | 26 Oct 2021

The central African soil spectral library: a new soil infrared repository and a geographical prediction analysis

Laura Summerauer et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on soil-2020-99', Anonymous Referee #1, 02 Feb 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Laura Summerauer, 20 Mar 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on soil-2020-99', Anonymous Referee #2, 04 Feb 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Laura Summerauer, 20 Mar 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Revision (05 Apr 2021) by Stefan Hauser
AR by Laura Summerauer on behalf of the Authors (15 Jul 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (30 Jul 2021) by Stefan Hauser
AR by Laura Summerauer on behalf of the Authors (04 Aug 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (16 Aug 2021) by Stefan Hauser
ED: Publish as is (17 Aug 2021) by Jorge Mataix-Solera(Executive Editor)
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Short summary
We present a soil mid-infrared library with over 1800 samples from central Africa in order to facilitate soil analyses of this highly understudied yet critical area. Together with an existing continental library, we demonstrate a regional analysis and geographical extrapolation to predict total carbon and nitrogen. Our results show accurate predictions and highlight the value that the data contribute to existing libraries. Our library is openly available for public use and for expansion.