PhD thesis on soil modelling available

Martin Ameskamp ma at
Thu Mar 13 19:01:15 EST 1997

Hi there,

I recently finished my PhD thesis on 'Three-dimensional Rule-based 
Continuous Soil Modelling', and I've made it available over the web at 
URL This page 
contains an abstract and pointers to postscript versions of the 

I thought that maybe the GRASS community might be interested in this 
work since  GRASS is an integral part of the soil modelling program I 
wrote, and also since soil inventory seems to be a field where GRASS 
is widely used.

The program is not at the moment suitable for distribution, but I 
intend to change this in the near future. I therefore very much 
welcome feedback from everybody who's interested in this program so I 
can decide what features are needed to make the thing useful.

Currently, my modelling system consists of a number of separate 
programs, and using it is a bit like using GRASS, with one or two new 
windows thrown in. Soem of the programs cooperate using the PVM 
library (an RPC-based 'toolbox' for process communication).

My first step will probably be to organize all the interfaces and 
control files into a 'command center' interface with the help of 
Tcl/Tk. On the other hand, since good old UNIX GRASS seems to be 
replaced by Windows-based Grasslands, maybe I should use something 
else? Suggestions welcome.

Martin Ameskamp, Inst. f. Informatik I (Computing Dept.)
Kiel University, Olshausenstr. 40, 24118 Kiel, Germany
Fax: ++49 431 8804054, Voice: ++49 431 8804474, 
ma at, URL

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