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Sensors (Basel). 2013 Apr 26;13(5):5603-13. doi: 10.3390/s130505603.

DRIFTS sensor: soil carbon validation at large scale (Pantelleria, Italy).

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Dipartimento Scienze Agrarie e Forestali (SAF), Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo, Italy.


A fast and accurate measurement of soil carbon is needed in current scientific issues. Today there are many sensors suitable for these purposes, but choosing the appropriate sensor depends on the spatial scale at which the studies are conducted. There are few detailed studies that validate these types of measures allowing their immediate use. Here it is validated the quick use of a sensor in execution at Pantelleria, chosen for size, use and variability of the parameter measured, to give an operational tool for carbon stocks studies. The DRIFT sensor used here has been validated in the first 60 cm of the soil of the whole island, and it has shown predictivity higher than 90%.

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