plotKML tutorial

Course title: plotKML tutorial
Course code: ISRIC-RKML
Subject areas (Curriculum): Software tools, Soil and terrain mapping
Duration: 0.5-1 day
Short description:

plotKML (R package) is a platform for scientific visualization of soil data. It allows fast parsing of spatial and soil profile objects in R to KML. The tutorial contains a number of examples and self-study exercises all based in R. Upon completing the tutorial, each participant will be able to install and run plotKML on his/her machine and import and visualize various point (profile), polygon and gridded type of data, common for DSM applications.

Moderators: T. (Tom) Hengl
Optional: P. (Pierre) Roudier, D. (Dylan) Beaudette
Target audience: Anyone interested in exporting soil data sets to KML and using Google Earth to visualize soil data.
Requirements: Knowledge requirements:
  • Soil mapping / geostatistics (advanced)
  • R programming (basic)
  • GIS modelling (basic)
  1. Installation of the package and general functionality (1.5 hrs)
  2. Importing and visualizing soil profile data, polygon maps and gridded maps to R (1.5 hrs)
  3. Extending the functionality; making visualizations with your own datasets (visualization templates; 1.5 hrs)
  4. Exercises using student data (1.5 hrs)
Software / materials: Software:
Case studies: Number of soil mapping case studies
  • Hengl, T. Roudier, P., Beaudette, D., Pebesma, E., 2013? plotKML: Scienfitic Visualization of Spatio-Temporal Data. Journal of Statistical Software, in review. 
  • Hengl, T. 2013: plotKML tutorial.
Minimum number of participants: 5
Maximum number of participants: 35
Further inquiries: Tom Hengl
plotKML is an R package for visualization of spatio-temporal data