Soil and Landscape Grid National Soil Attribute Maps - Bulk Density - Whole Earth (3" resolution) - Release 1

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Soil and Landscape Grid National Soil Attribute Maps - Bulk Density - Whole Earth (3" resolution) - Release 1

This is Version 1 of the Australian Soil Bulk Density - Whole Earth product of the Soil and Landscape Grid of Australia. The Soil and Landscape Grid of Australia has produced a range of digital soil attribute products. Each product contains six digital soil attribute maps, and their upper and lower confidence limits, representing the soil attribu... more

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01 Jan 1950

31 Dec 2013

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TERN_Soils TERN_Soils_DSM Soil TERN Raster Attributes Bulk Density Continental Australia DSM Global Soil Map spatial modelling visible-near infrared spectroscopy 3-dimensional soil mapping spatial uncertainty Soil Maps Digital Soil Mapping BD SLGA


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The National Soil Attribute Maps are generated by combining the best available digital soil mapping to calculate a variance weighted mean for each pixel. Two DSM methods have been utilised across and in various parts of Australia, these being; 1) Decision trees with piecewise linear models with kriging of residuals developed from soil site data across Australia. (Viscarra Rossel et al., 2015a); 2) Disaggregation of existing polygon soil mapping using DSMART (Odgers et al. 2015a). Version 1 of the Australian Soil Property Maps combines mapping from the: 1) Australia-wide three-dimensional Digital Soil Property Maps; 2) Western Australia Polygon Disaggregation Maps; 3) South Australian Agricultural Areas Polygon Disaggregation Maps; 4) Tasmanian State-wide DSM Maps. These individual mapping products are also available in the Data Access Portal. Please refer to these individual products for more detail on the DSM methods used.

We thank the CSIRO, Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and the Super Science Initiative, for funding the project. We are grateful to the custodians of the soil site data in each state and territory for providing access to the soil site data, and all of the organisations listed as collaborating agencies for their significant contributions to the project and its outcomes. We thank also D. Jacquier and P. Wilson for their inputs.

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CSIRO (Australia), Geoscience Australia (Australia), Northern Territory Department of Land Resource Management (Australia), NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (Australia), Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts (DSITIA) (Australia), South Australia Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (Australia), Tasmania Department Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (Australia), University of Sydney (Australia), Victoria Department of Environment and Primary Industries (Australia), Western Australia Department of Agriculture and Food (Australia)

Viscarra Rossel, Raphael; Chen, Charlie; Grundy, Mike; Searle, Ross; Clifford, David; Odgers, Nathan; Holmes, Karen; Griffin, Ted; Liddicoat, Craig; Kidd, Darren (2014): Soil and Landscape Grid National Soil Attribute Maps - Bulk Density - Whole Earth (3" resolution) - Release 1. v5. CSIRO. Data Collection.

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9°59′53.9153″ S

43°38′32.9105″ S

153°38′23.8788″ E

112°54′44.8847″ E


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Peter Wilson

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About this Project

1181.2 TERN Facility No9 InfoGrid GRUNDY

The Soil and Landscape Grid of Australia is a comprehensive fine spatial resolution grid of functional soil attributes and key landscape features across Australia. The landscape attributes are derived from the data collected by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, whilst the soil attribute surfaces are modelled from existing soils information. The... more

Mike Grundy

National Soil Grid

The Soil and Landscape Grid of Australia Facility has produced a comprehensive fine-resolution grid of soil attributes and important land surface parameters. The data is consistent with the Specifications of the GlobalSoilMap and is managed as part of the Australian Soil Resource Information System (ASRIS). There are a range of soil attribute produ... more


Raphael Viscarra Rossel

Charlie Chen

Mike Grundy

Ross Searle

David Clifford

Nathan Odgers

Karen Holmes

Ted Griffin

Craig Liddicoat

Darren Kidd

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