Regression-kriging for characterizing soils with remotesensing data

Yufeng Ge, J. Alex Thomasson, Ruixiu Sui, James Wooten

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In precision agriculture regression has been used widely to quantify the relationship between soil attributes and other environmental variables. However, spatial correlation existing in soil samples usually violates a basic assumption of regression: sample independence. In this study, a regression-kriging method was attempted in relating soil properties to the remote sensing image of a cotton field near Vance, Mississippi, USA. The regression-kriging model was developed and tested by using 273 soil samples collected from the field. The result showed that by properly incorporating the spatial correlation information of regression residuals, the regression-kriging model generally achieved higher prediction accuracy than the stepwise multiple linear regression model. Most strikingly, a 50% increase in prediction accuracy was shown in soil sodium concentration. Potential usages of regression-kriging in future precision agriculture applications include real-time soil sensor development and digital soil mapping.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-244
Number of pages6
JournalFrontiers of Earth Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • precision agriculture
  • regression-kriging
  • remote sensing
  • soil sensors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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