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Predictive soil mapping in Presidente Prudente, SP, Brazil, using Artificial Neural Networks (ANN): a contribution to landscape analysis

Grant number: 15/14461-5
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2015
Effective date (End): August 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Geography - Human Geography
Principal Investigator:José Tadeu Garcia Tommaselli
Grantee:Janaina Natali Antonio
Supervisor: Graciela Isabel Metternicht
Host Institution: Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Presidente Prudente. Presidente Prudente , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia  
Associated to the scholarship:13/03505-6 - Predictive mapping of soils in Presidente Prudente - SP, using artificial neural networks (ANN): a contribution to the analysis of the landscape, BP.DR


The process of urbanization affects soils increasing degradation by environmental change. Rational use of information about urban soils can improve urban planning. The aim of this study is the elaboration of a predictive soil mapping in Presidente Prudente - SP - Brazil, using the classification methodology by Artificial Neural Networks (ANN), as approved in the regular research project in Brazil (FAPESP - Process: 2013 / 03505-6). The model will be used to evaluate landscape changes caused by human intervention in the old disposal areas of municipal solid waste, classified as Anthroposols. Recognition of soil characteristics and terrain will be performed by ANN associated with auxiliary data: geomorphology, slope, relief curvature and granulometric analysis of soil samples. It is intended to perform the research internship abroad in BEPE modality (Bolsa estágio de Pesquisa no Exterior) at the University of New South Wales, Australia in order to develop activities related to the use of ANN and the study of Anthroposols understudied geography in Brazil, as well as inserting in the research the principles of geomorphometrics in processes involved in soil occurrence using patterns extraction from ALOS satellite image of the area, which will bring improved results of regular research in the country.

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