The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus is proud to present its 2021 Spring Lecture Series.
This year’s series showcases the work of three early-career postdoctoral scholars, comprising specialists from the disciplines of ethnography, soil science, and history. The lectures are free and open to all.
April 20, 2021 at 12pm EDT/11am CDT
Dr. Scott Demyan
School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University
“Infrared Spectroscopy, a Tool for Rapid Land Degradation Assessment”
Soil health and preventing and reversing soil degradation are not only important for food security, but also to ensure that important soil ecosystem services such as carbon storage and water quality are maintained. Management of soil resources requires high quality soils data. This talk broadly will examine the use and potential of infrared spectroscopy for rapid assessment of soil properties and soil health and to test the applicability of visible- near-infrared spectroscopy in complimenting traditional lab measurements for the rapid assessment of soil degradation. A case study from Armenia across contrasting agroecological zones from semi-desert to high-mountain grasslands will be presented.