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Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Soil Science And Technology

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and NPTEL via Swayam


ABOUT THE COURSE:This core course is aimed to provide a basic understanding of various aspects of soil science along with some state-of-the-art technologies. The objective is to provide knowledge of different physical and chemical properties of soil. Most importantly this course will impart different preparatory and exploratory data analysis approaches for unconventional digital soil mapping, modeling and mapping of continuous and categorical soil attributes, hyperspectral and proximal soil sensors and their applications for modeling of soil properties, soil pollution and remediation which are not covered in the traditional courses of soil science.INTENDED AUDIENCE:Agriculture, Environmental science, Agricultural engineeringPREREQUISITES: NILINDUSTRY SUPPORT:Fertilizer companies; Soil testing services; Soil and environmental pollution consulting companies; Soil remote sensing solution services


Week 1: Basic Overview Of Soil; Ecosystem Services Of Soils; Weathering; Soil Formation; Soil ProfileWeek 2:Soil Taxonomy; Soil Orders-1; Soil Orders-2; Soil Colour And Soil Texture; Soil StructureWeek 3:Soil Tillage And Soil Density; Soil Porosity And Consistency; Soil Water Energy Concepts; Measurement Of Soil Water; TutorialWeek 4:The Flow Of Liquid Water Into Soil; Qualitative Description Of Soil Wetness; Soil Air; Soil Temprature; TutorialWeek 5:Silicate Clays-1; Silicate Clays -2; Sources Of Charges On Soil Colloids; Cation Exchange Capacity; Sorption Of Pesticides In SoilWeek 6:Diffuse Double Layer Theories; Adsorption Isotherms; Soil Acidity; Soil Alkalinity And Salinity; Submerged SoilsWeek 7:Essential Plant Nutrients; Soil Nitrogen; Biological Nitrogen Fixation; Soil Phosphorus And Potassium; FertilizersWeek 8:Soil Testing-1; Soil Testing-2; Soil Organic Matter And Climate Change; Soil Organisms; CompostWeek 9:Soil Erosion And Land Degradation; The Universal Soil-loss Equation; Conservation Tillage; Wind And Tillage Erosion; Toxic Organic Chemicals In SoilsWeek 10:Remediation Of Soil Organic Pollution; Soil Contamination With Toxic Inorganic Substances; Remediation Of Soil Inorganic Pollution; Soil Survey; Remote Sensing In Soil SurveyWeek 11:Gis And Gps; Geostatistics; Basics Of Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy; Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy For Soils; Pxrf Soil ApplicationsOverview Of Digital Soil Mapping; Modeling And Mapping Of Continuouos Variables; Modeling And Mapping Of Categorical
Week 12:Variables; Pedotrasnfer Functions; Accuracy And Uncertainity Of Dsm

Taught by

Somsubhra Chakraborty


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    Regassa Gosa is taking this course right now, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I am Regassa Gosa I have studied Soil Resources and Watershed Management in Arsi University
    I have good GPA in BSc deegre

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