The cost-effectiveness of reflectance spectroscopy for estimating soil organic carbon

Shuo Li, Raphael A. Viscarra Rossel, Richard Webster

European Journal of Soil Science



Reflectance spectra of soil can be used to estimate the concentrations of organic carbon in soil (SOC). The estimates are more or less imprecise, but spectroscopy is quicker, less laborious and cheaper than conventional dry combustion analysis. Are the greater economy and efficiency sufficient to justify the loss of information arising from errors in estimation?