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Pedometrics goes to the Tropics (at last)

Pedometrics is the application of mathematical and statistical methods for the study of the distribution and genesis of soils.

Call for Papers!

Pedometrics 2013 Nairobi, Kenya

26- 31 August 2013 World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) HQ Conference Facilities Website: Email:

Conference themes
Latest developments in pedometric methods and applications of mathematical and statistical methods in the study of the distribution and genesis of soils.

Conference objectives
To showcase innovative research on the mathematical spatial and temporal modeling of soil through interactive discussions and technical sessions. To promote international interaction as well as student participation around emerging pedometric techniques, with specific examples from the tropics. To encourage the recognition of the results from pedometric analyses on informing planning and management decisions and public policy.

Topics (include, but not limited to):

Developments in soil geostatistics Digital soil mapping and modeling Pedometrics 2013 Nairobi Call for Papers 1

Proximal soil sensing Soil sampling for survey and monitoring Space-time modeling Quantitative modeling of soil genesis and soil functional soil properties Uncertainty analysis and accuracy assessment Pedometrics for management, planning and policy Other topics relevant to pedometrics.

Pre-Conference Workshops
Two days of data analysis workshops focusing on Pedometric methods and digital soil mapping (100 USD).

Sessions and Activities

Oral Sessions (limited to 10 minutes per talk to allow maximum participation and discussion) Poster Session Field trip to Laikipia Region of Kenya on soil monitoring and community land management (separate fee) Prediction competitions: Infrared Spectroscopy; Digital Mapping of Soil Organic Carbon Tour of ICRAF Soil-Plant Spectral Diagnostics Laboratory Two days conference workshops (separate fee)

Abstract deadline: December 15, 2012 Notification of acceptance: February 1, 2013

Conference Fee: 300USD Field Trip Fee: 150 USD Pre-Conference Workshop Fee: 100 USD Hotels are booked individually and paid for separately by participant. A recommended list of hotels will be provided and block reservations have been made. 5 Student Scholarships will be available to students. Scholarship will cover registration fee and hotel costs for 4 nights. Selection based on application and best abstracts.

Pedometrics 2013 Nairobi Call for Papers

20 Reduced Student Registration fee at 150 USD is available for other student participants.

Conference Website to 1) Submit abstracts; 2) Register for the conference (normal, student, scholarship); 3) Download data for the Prediction Competition and upload results; 4) General Conference information.

Keynote Speakers
To be announced soon!

Special issue in Geoderma. A special issue for the selected papers from this conference will be published in a special issue of Geoderma. The details of the selection process will be announced at the end of the conference. Data exploration exercise outputs presented for a co-authored publication.

Organizing Committee
Leigh Winowiecki, CIAT-TSBF Keith Shepherd, ICRAF Martin Yemefack, Institute of Agricultural Research for Development (IRAD) & UMMISCO of the University of Yaounde, President of the Africa Soil Science Society (ASSS) Saidou Koala, CIAT-TSBF, AfNET

Scientific Steering Committee

Dominique Arrouays, INRA, France Janis Boettinger, The Utah State University, USA David Brown, Washington State University, USA Sabine Grunwald, University of Florida, USA Tomislav Hengl, Wageningen University, Netherlands Gerard Heuvelink, Wageningen University, Netherlands Philippe Lagacherie, INRA-LISAH, France Murray Lark, British Geological Survey, UK Bob MacMillan, LandMapper Environmental Solutions Inc. Canada Alex McBratney, The University of Sydney, Australia Pedometrics 2013 Nairobi Call for Papers 3

Marc Van Meirvenne, Ghent University, Belgium Lou Mendonca-Santos, National Center of Soil Research, Brazil Budiman Minasny, The University of Sydney, Australia Zhou Shi, Zhejiang University, China Raphael Viscarra-Rossel, CSIRO, Australia Leigh Winowiecki, CIAT, Kenya A-Xing Zhu, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Pedometrics 2013 Nairobi Call for Papers