About the Project
This SVAECP Project will develop a public domain atlas of Alberta
intended as an information-oriented product with regional application throughout
Alberta. The atlas will be developed through:
Enhancement and modeling of digital elevation model, or DEM, data from 100
representative agricultural landscapes will form the basis of the atlas. The 100
sites will be selected using the 1:100,000-scale Agricultural Region of Alberta
Soil Inventory Database (AGRASID). The sites will represent regional climates,
soils, parent materials, and land management systems. The DEM data will be
smoothed and analyzed to determine slope segments, gradient, length, aspect, and
- enhancement and modeling of digital elevation model (DEM) data,
- collection of detailed soil data on a landscape basis, along with related
land history and management,
- development of a data set of field-specific management issues, and
- integration of all data sets through a user-friendly interface implemented
on the World Wide Web.
Detailed soil and landscape data will be collected on a landscape basis at the
100 locations. Soil attribute data will include pH, organic matter content,
topsoil depth, depth to lime, electrical conductivity, bulk density,
macronutrient fertility status, and related land history and crop management.
A third data set of field-specific management issues will be
developed. These will include strategies for the management of nutrients, manure
and herbicides; strategies for soil sampling and conservation tillage; and
strategies for identifying and managing precision farming land units.
All data sets will be integrated in the form of a user-friendly, interactive
atlas, implemented on the World Wide Web with integrated text
and graphics. The web pages will include documentation, background information
and context-sensitive help for online training.
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