SoilGrids1km tutorial

Course title: SoilGrids tutorial
Course Code: ISRIC-SoilGrids
Subject areas (Curriculum): Global Soil Information Facilities, soil mapping
Duration: 2hrs to half day
Short description:

SoilGrids1km is ISRIC's Global Soil Information System at 1 km resolution. SoilGrids1km contains global spatial predictions for a selection of soil properties: soil organic carbon content, soil pH, texture fractions, bulk density, coarse fragments and cation-exchange capacity, soil organic carbon stock, depth to bedrock, and soil classes (FAO World Reference Base soil groups and USDA Soil Taxonomy suborders). The predictions were produced using an automated mapping system, collectively called "SoilGrids", which is an implementation of model-based geostatistics in the Open Source environment for statistical computing R. SoilGrids1km maps are available for download via under a Creative Commons Non Commercial license. 

Moderators: T. (Tom) Hengl & J. (Jorge) Mendes de Jesus
Target audience: Soil mapping teams, MSc and PhD level students working with soil data and aiming at producing soil property maps according to the international (FAO/ specifications.
Requirements: Knowledge requirements:
  • Digital soil mapping (advanced)
  • R programming (basic)
  • GIS modelling (basic)
  • GDAL (basic)
  1. Accessing SoilGrids1km via FTP
  2. Accessing SoilGrids1km via WCS
  3. Accessing SoilGrids1km via REST
  4. Accessing SoilGrids1km via SoilInfo App
Objective: The purpose of this tutorial is to (1) explain design of SoilGrids1km, (2) to teach you how to automate query / download / import of SoilGrids1km data into your system, and (3) to teach you how to program spatial analysis using SoilGrids1km data
Software / materials:
  • R (packages: GSIF, plotKML, sp, raster, rgdal, gdalUtils, ...)
  • FWTools
Case studies:
  • Hengl, T. and McMillan R.A., 2013?: Global Soil Information Facilities - a framework for open soil data. (in preparation)
Minimum number of participants: 5
Maximum number of participants: 45
Further inquiries: Tom Hengl / Global Soil Information mailing list