A best protocol for acid sulphate soil detection, Ashfield
An early analysis of data for Acid Sulphate Soil ASS detection uses field based measurements of pH and laboratory based measurements of Cl/SO4 and SPOCAS at Ashfield, Western Australia. Statistically, no test is outstanding and the tests are not necessarily the same. Field pH testing is inexpensive and worth doing but statisti¬cally Field pH and Cl/SO4 are insignificantly related (P = 0.045) Fisherʼs Exact Test. Cl/SO4 testing rarely gives a negative result. When the Field pH gives a negative result, Cl/SO4 is unlikely to confirm it. Field pH and SPOCAS are significantly re¬lated (P = 0.022, Fisherʼs Exact Test); large numbers of positive and negative results lend power to this statement. It is particularly concerning that when the Field pH and Cl/SO4 agree, the SPOCAS only gives a positive result 68% of the time, a figure not statistically different to 50%. The follow-up suggests numerical readjustments of the cutoff for the tests and the protocol for ASS in Western Australia, in the shape of a decision tree.
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