I understand that soil color is affected by several factors some of which are (but not limited to):
- organic matter content
- underlying parent material
- drainage and aeration
Soil color being an indirect measure of other important characteristics (Foth, 1990), I have been thinking about building an application that reads a soil color in terms of it's hue, value, and chroma as the munsell color system using openCV color detection techniques.
After reading this data, the application should be able to interpret it to give meaningful information about the soil. This can be organic matter content, dominant minerals, drainage etc.
My questions now
- What information be accurately be obtained from soil color?
- Is this application by any means feasible?
- Do technologies exist that achieve the same? (using computer vision)
Reference Foth D. (1990). Fundamentals of soil science J Willey.