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Soil erodibility is one of 18 attributes of soils chosen to underpin the land suitability assessment of the Northern Australia Water Resource Assessment (NAWRA) through the digital soil mapping proces... mores (DSM). Soil erodibility is used to indicate the potential susceptibility of soil to erosion. This soil erodibility raster data represents a modelled dataset of k-factor (rate of runoff not included) calculated on a scale between 0.0 and 0.1 and is derived from measured and analysed site data, calculations and environmental covariates. Soil erodibility is a parameter used in land suitability assessments to identify areas where water erosion could be a risk causing soil loss (land degradation) and productivity decline and is applied in combination with slope categories. This raster data provides improved soil information used to identify opportunities and promote detailed investigation for a range of sustainable regional development options and was created within the ‘Land Suitability’ activity of the CSIRO NAWRA. A companion dataset and statistics reflecting reliability of this data are also provided and can be found described in the lineage section of this metadata record. Processing information is supplied in ranger R scripts and attributes were modelled using a Random Forest approach.
The DSM process is described in the CSIRO NAWRA published report ‘Digital soil mapping of the Fitzroy, Darwin and Mitchell catchments. A technical report from the CSIRO Northern Australia Water Resource Assessment to the Government of Australia'. The land suitability assessment this dataset underpins is described in the CSIRO NAWRA published report ‘Land suitability of the Fitzroy, Darwin and Mitchell catchments. A technical report from the CSIRO Northern Australia Water Resource Assessment to the Government of Australia'.less
Northern Australia Basin assessments - - Published 05 Sep 2018