Title: Myakka
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Creator: Department of Soil and Water Science. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. University of Florida.
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Publication Date: Fall 2001
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SWSD Thrust Area:

Soil Landscape



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Models show the spatial
distribution of soil horizons in the
3D geographic domain for a site
in Alachua County, Florda


Pam Marlin
Darryl Palmer
Dr. Vimala Nair

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The Soil and Water
Science Depart-
ment (SWSD)
along with other
Departments and
centers is going
through tough
times as a result of severe budget cuts during the
fiscal year 2001-02 with more expected during
the next fiscal year. This requires all of us to
conserve our resources and find alternate ways
to strengthen our programs. In spite of the
current statewide budget shortfall, the need to
address soil and water quality issues is at an all-
time high. This places us in a responsible
situation to meet the statewide needs and
demands. The SWSD faculty continue to explore
new opportunities by expanding their programs
and developing scientific knowledge that will help
to address statewide needs to protect soil and
water quality. To address these critical needs,
we have been actively developing strategies to
enhance our teaching, research, and
extension/outreach activities. Here are a few
recent examples:

* Our undergraduate programs are
now modified to address the needs of our
diverse students. We now offer three tracks:
Environmental Soil Science,
Environmental Water Science, and
Environmental Management and Policy.
* Our graduate student enrollment is strong
and interest in our programs is increasing.
We have redefined our graduate tracks: Soil
Science, Environmental Science and Water
* We have initiated a new distance
education graduate program. We plan to offer
an M.S. degree with emphasis in
Environmental Science at select UF-IFAS
research and education centers.
* We have initiated several new
undergraduate and graduate courses to meet
current needs in our teaching program.
* Our grant activity is at an all-time high.
We have a number of recently funded projects
from state and federal agencies.

* Our first Soil and Water Institute
outreach activity entitled "Principles of
Arsenic Behavior in Florida Soils" is
scheduled for March 4-5, 2002,
Gainesville, Florida.
* Lena Ma's fern research program
won the Discovery 2001 Award from
Discovery Networks Europe and Royal
Geographical Society.
* P.S.C. Rao, emeritus graduate
research professor was recognized as
highly-cited researcher by the Institute for
Scientific Information.
* Mary Collins, professor in
environmental pedology, was appointed as
Division 1 Secretary of the International
Union of Soil Science.

In this newsletter we feature one of our
thrust areas: Soil-Landscape Analysis.
The goals of this thrust area are to (1)
improve the understanding of soils as
natural bodies within landscape, and (2)
develop techniques for landscape-scale
modeling and risk assessment that can be
applied to both rural and urban settings.
This program also involves the
maintenance of expertise in geographic
applications (e.g., GIS, geostatistics, etc.),
and a departmental commitment to multi-
disciplinary research at environmentally
relevant scales. Our new faculty member
Sabine Grunwald, assistant professor, has
established a GIS laboratory to coordinate
teaching and research activities in this
thrust area.

We will be going through some tough
times in the next few years, but in spite of
budget limitations, we are committed to
maintain excellence in our programs by
redirecting and conserving our resources.
To meet these challenges, we need the
support and help of our emeritus faculty,
alumni, friends, and our clientele. Please
send me your ideas and suggestions.


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NEW GRADUATE STUDENTS The department has revised its current ANNOUNCING
FALL 2001 r teaching programs including courses, New Distance Education
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1rie degree tracks, and specializations. Graduate Program
Ablce Faiga Ph 0 E 4disor L C0 la These modifications better reflect the
Mall Fisher Ph 0 4 dusor F Feed. specializations we offer at undergraduate
IKe in Grace Al S 4Ijso J F 1il7lte and graduate levels. The SWSD no ', offers a Master of
vvonsov Ha Pn D 4ausor P S Mansell Science inon-thesis or thesis
Daniel Herrara 47S -5 4dsot P UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS option degree ',ith Environ-
AlMa,t rapu Our undergraduate teaching programs mental Science track ia distance
Da..id Hornsb. P? D -4dusoi- 0 4 G- aet now consist of the following tracks: education to accommodate
Chris Ledi. s M S 4dtisor Al tI Cla r
Fernanldo Munoz PF7 41u5o- P S Environmental Soil Science students interested in
AlI1 aIrapu Environmental Water Science en ironmental issues related to
an"e Olsen Pn C 4atusot P S Mansel Environmental Management and soil and water quality of
Irene Poter 4MS Adasoir i F DeBusk Policy agricultural lands forested lands
Pa..indra Pamnarine Al S 4duisor it G All three tracks are designed to give the range lands, urban lands, or
Ha"5 student a strong background in Soil, Water, Wetlands The program is open to
Tra.is Shaddo- PhD 4djusor JB Saaaan and Environmental Sciences with excellent all prospective students, and is
Susan Simo.:n 41S -ausor P inite spcally designed for place-
Leign,:,n Waiver 1 S 5 -~so, 0 4 caet- employment opportunities with state, spill sign r
federal, and private industry, bound students ..,.ho are currently
GRADUATES FALL 2001 employed full-lime by state and
alan VVrgn PI C' D 4ALso I P PeR\a For additional information, contact our federal agencies and pri ate
vve vvei Cnen Al 3 4ALiso, 4 \ Ogiamn Undergraduate Coordinator: D. A. Graetz industry This new program is
lunr Herzfela Al 3 4ausor it F DeBusk (dag@mail.ifas.ufl.edu). scheduled to begin in Fall 2002.

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS For additional information contact
FALL 2001 GRADUATE PROGRAMS our Distance Education
Por-er Mc:r.lillan EA4-ECO Graduate programs are designed for Coordinator D M Sl ila
students seeking careers in soil, water and dmsylvi'a@'ufl edui
GRADUATES FALL 2001 environmental sciences science related to
Arhler Harn agriculture and natural resource
Geral.d G-rete-n SLS management. Our graduate teaching
programs now consist of the following
Student Awards tracks: Interdisciplinary
Soil Science: Graduate students in this Concentration in
Weiwei Chen's thesis has been selected to track can formulate their course work to Geographic Information
be the departmental nominee in the M.S. focus on sustainable production of Systems (ICGIS)
division of the IFAS Award of Excellence agronomic, turf, silviculture, and
Program. ornamental crops, with a good background The Soil and Water Science
in traditional soil science. This program is Department now participates in
Christopher Appel's dissertation has been designed for students with a strong interest the Interdisciplinary
selected as the departmental nominee in the in agricultural sciences, as related to Concentration in Geographic
Ph.D. division of the IFAS Award of sustainable productivity and water quality. Information Systems (ICGIS).
Excellence Program. Assistant Professor S. Grunwald

Larry "Rex" Ellis, M.S. Student, won first Environmental Science: Graduate is appointed as the SWSD
prize in oral presentation, Viji Ramakrishnan, students in this track can formulate their representative to ICGIS. The goal
M.S. student, and Ron Corstanje, Ph.D. course work to focus on environmental of ICGIS is to integrate existing
Student, won first prize in the poster science. This program is designed for GIS resources on campus,
competition, at the SWSD Graduate Student students with strong interest in non- through establishment of a
Forum, September 2001. This is Viji's second traditional soil science, as related to standard set of courses and
consecutive first prize; she also won first place surface and groundwater quality, activities that will allow graduate
in the university graduate student competition students to o n
earlier in the year. students to obtain standardized
Water Science: Graduate students in this training on the use of geographic
Several fellowships have been awarded to track can formulate their course work to information systems (GIS).
outstanding students in the department: focus on water science, with an emphasis Graduate students interested in
Robertson Fellowship awarded to on wetlands and aquatic systems. This developing this specialization as a
Christopher S. Appel ($500), Carlisle program is designed for students with a part of their MS and PhD
Fellowship awarded to Larry "Rex" Ellis strong interest in water science. programs can obtain additional
($1,000), Smith Scholarship awarded to information at
Gerald Green ($500), Polston Scholarship
awarded to Weiwei Chen ($1,000). For additional information, contact our http://web.uflib.ufle.du/ icgis/ or
Graduate Coordinator: N. B. Comerford contact S. Grunwald
(nbc@mail.ifas.ufl.edu) (sgrunwald@mail.ifas.ufl.edu).

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3D Reconstruction and Visualization of Soil-Landscapes

Commonly, crisp 2D soil polygon maps
and associated attribute tables utilizing
geographic information systems (GIS) are
used to describe the spatial distribution of
soils (e.g. SSURGO and STATSGO).
Other soil-landscape representations use
a 2/2-D design, where soil or land use data
are draped over a digital elevation model
(DEM) to produce a 3D view. Since this
technique describes patterns on 2D
landscape surfaces rather than the spatial
distribution of subsurface attributes (e.g.,
soil texture, soil horizons) it fails to
address three-dimensional soil-landscape

In the recently formed research program
'GIS and Land Resources' at the Soil and
Water Science Department led by
Assistant Professor Sabine Grunwald we
integrate soil observations with emerging
technologies to create holistic, object-
oriented, multi-dimensional soil
landscape models. We employ
geostatistics to create continuous 3D

Soil Series Elevation (m)
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Monteocha 80
Pomona 85
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3D visualization of soil horizons

oll horizons

Fig. 1 3D soil-landscape model showing the
spatial distribution of soil horizons for a
study site in Alachua County, Florida.
SSURGO data 5-foot topographic contour
lines were used to create models.

soil-landscape models and scientific
visualization to render and display
models at a variety of different scales.
These models enable us to
comprehend soil-landscapes intuitively
and gain insight into complex
environmental systems. Spatial
pattern analysis facilitates to quantify
and analyze soil and landscape

In the thrust area 'soil-landscape
analysis' we address such questions
as: Are soil patterns related to
geographic position (x, y) and depth
(z)? What is the spatial orientation and
arrangement of soil patterns in 3D
geographic space? Do patterns
change across scales? Are patterns
related to each other or other factors
(e.g. topography)? Which are the
underlying processes forming these
patterns? For additional information
contact S. Grunwald

Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR)
has proven to be an efficient, non-
invasive, timesaving tool used to
identify subsurface features. Within
the state of Florida, GPR has been
used to accurately identify sinkholes,
solution pipes, Ocala limestone, and
Hawthorn Clay. In addition, spodic
and argillic horizons are also easily
identified with GPR. Recently,
georeferenced soil and geologic
information, an example of
Geographic Information Systems
(GIS) data, has been in high
demand, and proved incredibly
useful. Michael Tischler, Mary
Collins, Sabine Grunwald, and
Michael Binford are producing a 3-
dimensional soil model that can be
combined with previous
GIS data to allow for more powerful
analysis of subsurface activity. The soil
information is being gathered using GPR
at the IFAS Plant Science Research and
Education Unit at Pine Acres in Marion
County, FL. The Hawthorn formation is
very evident at this location, and is
providing a dynamic soil model. An
accurate 3-D model will be created using
current interpolation and geostatistical
techniques. This model is also being
geographically referenced using a
Global Positioning System (GPS)



Figure 1 3D Model of 17 GPR transects collected at Manatee Springs State Park

capable of recording a point on the earth
within 1 meter. This project is the first time
GPR, GPS, and GIS technologies will be
used in combination to allow analysis of a
site without penetrating the soil surface.
Furthermore, making such a model
compatible with previous GIS data allows
for comparative analysis regarding a
number of issues. By making

use of the 3-D model, several
disciplines including Agronomy,
Agricultural Engineering, Animal
Science, and Horticulture and
Education will benefit by having the
opportunity to make wiser
experimental design decisions. For
additional information contact M.
Collins (mec@gnv.ifas.ufl.edu).

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The First Annual Soil and Water Science Institute:
March 4 5, 2002, Gainesville, Florida
University of Florida Double Tree Hotel and
Conference Center

For Details contact: Randy Brown -- Institute Organizer,
SWSD, University of Florida, Box 110510, Gainesville, FL
32611, Ph: 352-392-1803 x344; Fax 352-392-3399 Email:

Registration Information: http://soils.ifas.ufl.edu/institute

Mary Collins, professor in environmental pedology, was appointed as Division 1 (Soil in Space and Time) Secretary of the
International Union of Soil Science.

Samira Daroub, assistant professor at the Everglades Research and Education Center, has assumed the responsibilities of
project leader for the Water Resources Group. She now coordinates the project which develops and implements Best
Management Practices (BMPs) for the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA). Funding for this project is provided by the EAA
Everglades Protection District (EPD) and the State of Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP).

Lena Ma, associate professor, received the Discovery 2001 Award from Discovery Networks Europe and Royal Geographical for
discovering the first known arsenic hyperaccumulating plant. The discovery was recently published in Nature (Ma et al., 409:579)
and has received much publicity worldwide. Dr. Ma won this award in the 'Discovery of the Year' category, recognizing new
scientific discoveries relating to our environment, culture and society. The award confers not only prestige but also 5000
towards her research program.

P.S.C. Rao, emeritus graduate research professor (currently Lee A. Rieth Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering
at Purdue University) was recognized as highly cited researcher (one of the 500 out of 5 million researchers) by the Institute for
the Scientific Information. His highly cited research was conducted during his tenure at the University of Florida.

K. Ramesh Reddy was elected as 2002 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Bill Reve, Chemist, has been selected to receive the 2001 SWS Superior Accomplishment Award.

Donor Gifts

Financial support provided by friends, alumni, and clientele are critical to maintain excellence in our programs. Many thanks to
the following who made financial contributions to SWSD unrestricted fund and faculty research programs: Randy and Pia
Brown; Luther Hammond; Ralph Smalley; John Nicholaides III; Blasland, Bouck, & Lee Inc.; DB Environmental Labs;
Fertilizer Institute; and anonymous monthly donor dept. USPS

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International Activities
The Soil and Water Science Department hosted five trainees
from the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education
for two weeks in October 2001. The scientists had the
opportunity to familiarize themselves with the various thrust
areas within the department. Their training was primarily on
the environmental impacts of nutrient additions to agricultural
soils, and included soil analytical procedures and
instrumental analyses.

Upcoming Conference
The Soil & Water Science Department will be hosting the
"2002 Southern Soil Fertility Conference" to be held in
Memphis, Tennessee in October. Rao Mylavarapu has been
nominated to be Chair of the program committee that will
organize sessions and coordinate publication of the
proceedings. This is an annual event attended by 14
southern states, agriculture and fertilizer industry, and crop
professionals. This conference is also sponsored by the
Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Oklahoma.

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