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Digital Soils: Data Science and Statistics

Soils play many roles in our everyday lives
"Digital soils at the James Hutton Institute"

Our expertise in data science and statistics underpins many of our digital soils’ research areas and the scientists involved work on a variety of projects. Direct links between the James Hutton Institute and Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland (BioSS) enable access to the latest methodologies and the development of new ones. Previous projects have involved work on multivariate methods to predict soil properties from infrared spectra, using geostatistical techniques to examine spatial variation in soil properties, and compositional data analysis to holistically model relative abundances of chemical and nutrient species, as well as designing soil monitoring schemes. The close interface and collaboration of soil scientists with statisticians and data scientists across the digital soils research portfolio at the James Hutton Institute is a key strength.

Associated staff:

Jackie Potts and Javier Palarea-Albaladejo

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.