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Record number 536283
Title Accounting for non-stationary variance in geostatistical mapping of soil properties
Author(s) Wadoux, Alexandre M.J.C.; Brus, Dick J.; Heuvelink, Gerard B.M.
Source Geoderma 324 (2018). - ISSN 0016-7061 - p. 138 - 147.
Department(s) Soil Geography and Landscape
Biometris (WU MAT)
ISRIC - World Soil Information
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2018
Keyword(s) Geostatistics - Kriging - Non-stationarity - Pedometrics - REML - Uncertainty assessment

Simple and ordinary kriging assume a constant mean and variance of the soil variable of interest. This assumption is often implausible because the mean and/or variance are linked to terrain attributes, parent material or other soil forming factors. In kriging with external drift (KED) non-stationarity in the mean is accounted for by modelling it as a linear combination of covariates. In this study, we applied an extension of KED that also accounts for non-stationary variance. Similar to the mean, the variance is modelled as a linear combination of covariates. The set of covariates for the mean may differ from the set for the variance. The best combinations of covariates for the mean and variance are selected using Akaike's information criterion. Model parameters of the selected model are then estimated by differential evolution using the Restricted Maximum Likelihood (REML) in the objective function. The methodology was tested in a small area of the Hunter Valley, NSW Australia, where samples from a fine grid with gamma K measurements were treated as measurements of the variable of interest. Terrain attributes were used as covariates. Both a non-stationary variance and a stationary variance model were calibrated. The mean squared prediction errors of the two models were somewhat comparable. However, the uncertainty about the predictions was much better quantified by the non-stationary variance model, as indicated by the mean and median of the standardized squared prediction error and by accuracy plots. We conclude that the non-stationary variance model is more flexible and better suited for uncertainty quantification of a mapped soil property. However, parameter estimation of the non-stationary variance model requires more attention due to possible singularity of the covariance matrix.

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