The Application of Soil Profile Information to Estimate the Soil Organic Carbon using Pedotransfer Functions

Document Type : Research Paper


Soil and Water Research Institute, Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization, Karaj, Iran


Soil organic carbon (OC) is one of the most important soil properties, especially from an environmental point of view. For this reason, OC modeling and estimating has been highly considered. In modeling, application of pedotransfer functions to estimate soil properties from the other ones have an important place in soil science. Unfortunately, not much attention has been paid to the valuable data that are obtained with the least cost and time in the soil profile description. The aim of this study was to determine the importance of data that obtained from soil profile description to estimate the soil organic carbon in Dehgolan region in Kordestan Province. For this purpose, 30 pedons were excavated and described. Soil samples were collected from different horizons and soil properties such as texture, pH, EC, CCE and gypsum were determined. Modeling was performed in three scenario including laboratory data, data of soil profile description and application of laboratory and soil profile description data simultaneously. The results showed that based on laboratory data, soil organic carbon has a significant relationship with silt and CCE properties with a coefficient of determination about 25% (R2 = 0.25); While, the two soil profile description data of soil color (chroma) and genetic horizon with coefficients of determination about 65% (R2 = 0.65). With compilation of laboratory and soil profile description data the coefficient of determination was also obtained 65%. This level of accuracy clearly shows the value and importance of data related to the soil profile description data.


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Volume 74, Issue 4
March 2022
Pages 703-718
  • Receive Date: 16 December 2021
  • Revise Date: 03 February 2022
  • Accept Date: 05 February 2022
  • First Publish Date: 20 February 2022