Characterization of Archived Soil Samples in Bosnia and Herzegovina for Demining (CD-ROM Containing Physical and Magnetic-Susceptibility Data)

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Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN);Agropedology Institute, Sarajevo (BOSNIA and HERZEGOVINA)
Abstract
Soil magnetic susceptibility can adversely affect the performance of metal detectors which are the most commonly used tools in landmine detection. A knowledge of the spatial distribution of soil susceptibility for the landmine-affected regions of the world will thus be very useful in demining planning and equipment selection. Under the auspices of the International Test and Evaluation Program (ITEP), a project was undertaken with the aim of producing a magnetic susceptibility map of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). This region was chosen because of the availability, at the Agropedology Institute at Sarajevo, of some 3000 to 4000 previously collected soil survey samples along with detailed information on their attributes and large scale (1 :50 000) digital soil maps. Under a contract from the Canadian Centre for Mine Action Technologies (CCMAT), the Agropedology Institute recovered, organized and geo-referenced 3005 surviving samples and entered their physical/chemical characteristics into a database using the standard Soil and Terrain Data (SOTER) format. This is the data referred to as physical data on the CD-ROM. From these 3005, 1000 samples representing the soils of the entire region were selected, through careful analysis, for measurement of their magnetic properties. With equipment (Bartington MS2) supplied by CCMA T and training provided by CCMA T and another ITEP partner, the Agropedology Institute measured the magnetic susceptibility of these samples at two frequencies
Keywords
Humanitarian demining;Soil electromagnetic property;Effect of soil on landmine detection;Soil magnetic susceptibility measurement;Frequency-dependent soil susceptibility;Database of soil electromagnetic properties;World soils
Report Number
DRDC-SUFFIELD-CR-2006-017 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Nov 2005
Number of Pages
1 CD ROM
DSTKIM No
CA027100
CANDIS No
525139
Format(s):
CD ROM

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