Country-specific achievements


  • Australian partners (CSIRO, University of Sydney, State and Territory soil agencies and Geoscience Australia) have been piloting series of activities to test or develop GlobalSoilMap approaches. Pilot areas have been established in North Queensland (Burdekin catchment) and in the Western Australian wheat belt.
  • The National Soil Site Data collation is completed. The project has obtained and is now managing in a shared database 284,800 sites with a total of 2,432, 397 individual lab analyses recorded.
  • The University of Sydney has now completed developing and coding new mathematical calculations to convert data from old mapping techniques to the new digital mapping techniques (this is called the DSMART disaggregation algorithm) .
  • University of Sydney ran a number of DSMART targeted training workshops to allow people across collaborating institutions to become familiar with the method and to apply it across the country.
  • The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia,has been testing and applying the DSMART disaggregation technique to West Australian soils mapping.
  • A library of raster covariate surfaces that are compliant to the soil infrastructure specifications has been compiled and made available via ftp to Oceania Node partners.
  • CSIRO scientists have produced new digital elevation model (DEM) surfaces (known as 3 second SRTM (Shuttle Radar Topography Mission) DEM and new solar radiation surfaces. These products (along with mineralogy maps) areavailable for download:
  • Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, South Australia, has investigated a range of digital soil mapping (DSM) techniques for refining the resolution of South Australian agricultural lands attributes.
  • Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (Tasmania) are working with the University of Sydney to produce a Tasmania-wide map using GlobalSoilMap specifications.
  • Geoscience Australia and CSIRO in collaboration with Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts (Queensland) have begun work on a pilot project in the Burdekin region to develop a regolith depth mapping technique that can be applied nationally. They are also working with Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network: TERN and Adelaide Uni to develop a regolith field logging app.
  • CSIRO and Landcare Research NZ have further developed and tested the Australian & New Zealand Soils Data Transfer Standard (ANZSoilML), a data standard thatenables Australian and New Zealand to share their soil data.
  • University of Sydney is progressing the development of the Soil Inference System (SINFERS) with a current focus on finalising data architectures.

New Zealand

  • Two pilot areas have been established in New Zealand: the Canterbury Plains in the South Island; and the mudstone hills terrain of the North Island.
  • A pilot study in Antarctica has occurred in the Dry Valleys region, where digital soils maps of pH, C and salinity have been made to support microbial habitat studies.
  • New Zealand has been divided into soil landscapes and a method identified for each to produce the detailed estimates GlobalSoilMap needs. Claire: Figure 3 from ‘communique from Oceania node Oct 2012 may be useful here. Do you want this figure included? If can save in an image library or something yes but otherwise I think to tricky to embed in webpage?
  • New Zealand is pioneering approaches in information modelling and information delivery:
    • Data streaming has been provided from the New Zealand’s LRIS Portal. It uses WebFeature Service (WFS), an OGC standard, and enables loading and analysing data on the fly from various platforms (web, GIS, etc).
    • Data delivery: Landcare Research and CSIRO are applying open standards (ISO and Open Geospatial Consortium) to the structure and delivery of data from web data services.
  • A New Zealand/Australian collaboration compared the OZSoilML data model with other international models. This is occurring in the context of ISO model developments in Europe.
  • Improved pedotransfer functions have been developed for field capacity, wilting point, macroporosity, and bulk density and phosphate retention from the National Soils Database.
  • Landcare Research and CSIRO have been working on a soil information standard to enable exchange of data to GlobalSoilMap specifications. This has involved wider cooperation with the International Union of Soil Sciences ‘soil information standards working group’ to achieve a global standard.
  • The upgrade of the National Soil Database (NSD) has been underway for two years. The new system will accept data of more diverse origins and represent a truly ‘national’ dataset.
  • Landcare Research has begun DSM analysis of mudstone hill country data in the Hawkes Bay region.

Pacific Nations

  • The Secretariat of the Pacific Community has endorsed the GlobalSoilMap and will integrate its standards into the new Pacific Soil Portal. This portal, which has been designed and will be developed with new funding in the next three years, will be a major outcome for the GlobalSoilMap project in the Pacific.
  • A pilot area has been established in the Fijian Island of Viti Levu.
  • Collaboration in Oceania has developed and tested a soil information standard to enable exchange of data to GlobalSoilMap specifications.


  • Pilot projects have been established in the Northern Celebes and progress has been made in establishing a soil database, covariate layers, and disaggregation of 1:200 000 scale soil maps.