A Soil Probe for In-Situ Near Infrared Spectroscopic Measurement of Soil Carbon

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-04ER84115
Agency Tracking Number: 76063S04-I
Amount: $72,929.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: 22
Solicitation Number: DOE/SC-0075
Small Business Information
Veris Technologies, Inc.
601 N. Broadway, Salina, KS, 67401
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Colin Christy
 (785) 825-1978
Business Contact
 Larry Kejr
Title: Mr.
Phone: (785) 825-1978
Email: kejrl@veristech.com
Research Institution
76063-International initiatives are underway to reduce greenhouse gases in the air. The sequestration of carbon in agricultural soils is a candidate technology for achieving this reduction; however, more rapid and less expensive methods of measuring carbon in this sequestration scenario will be needed. This project will use near infrared reflectance spectroscopy via a soil probe to make these carbon measurements. The probe will measure carbon and bulk density, allowing a rapid carbon inventory to be made on a field or project scale. In Phase I, a prototype probe will be designed, built, and briefly tested in a laboratory. Then, the probe will be tested in fields in at least two different states to determine how accurately it can measure soil carbon. Finally, the uncertainty of the measurements made with the probe will be compared to standard methods. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: In addition to its use in auditing carbon stocks sequestered in the soil, the probe should find application in production agriculture for investigating soil quality and soil compaction.

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