Dr. Nancy Loria is working on assessing the suitability of portable handheld device to monitor soil organic carbon under farm conditions, in collaboration with Microsoft. Their approach combines Wi-Fi signals and field images to develop a soil carbon sensing method.
Currently, she is analyzing the field samples for soil organic carbon (SOC) content and water retention that will serve as ground truth data for calibration and validation. Additionally, she is in the process of submitting her recently completed review paper titled "Handheld Device Methodologies for In-Field Soil Organic Carbon.” This paper explores spectroscopic and remote sensing techniques for estimating SOC using portable handheld devices in field settings. It also addresses the impact of scanning conditions on accuracy and suggests potential corrective actions.