Articles | Volume 8, issue 4
Earth Surf. Dynam., 8, 995–1020, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-8-995-2020
Earth Surf. Dynam., 8, 995–1020, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/esurf-8-995-2020

Research article 24 Nov 2020

Research article | 24 Nov 2020

A photogrammetry-based approach for soil bulk density measurements with an emphasis on applications to cosmogenic nuclide analysis

Joel Mohren et al.

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In this study, we comprehensively test a method to derive soil densities under fieldwork conditions. The method is mainly based on images taken from consumer-grade cameras. The obtained soil/sediment densities reflect true values by generally > 95 %, even if a smartphone is used for imaging. All computing steps can be conducted using freeware programs. Soil density is an important variable in the analysis of terrestrial cosmogenic nuclides, for example to infer long-term soil production rates.