Soil and Landscape Grid of Australia

In November 2014, an Australian team completed the first Soil and Landscape Grid of Australia.

The entire country is now represented as a digital grid with two billion ‘pixels’ that are about 90 by 90 metres, down to a depth of two metres below the surface.

These maps are consistent with the specifications of the GlobalSoilMap project and the data are managed as part of the Australian Soil Resource Information System (ASRIS).

The Soil and Landscape Grid of Australia is the result of a partnership between CSIRO, the University of Sydney, several federal, state and territory government agencies and the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN).

The Grid draws information from the partner agency databases weaving together both historical and current data generated from sampling, laboratory sensing, modelling and remote sensing.

The Grid also includes estimates of reliability and is designed to integrate new data in the future – even data generated by technology that has not yet been invented.

Soil and landscape attributes such as soil water, nutrients and clay, affect the sustainability of Australia’s natural resources and the profitability of sectors such as agriculture, mining and infrastructure.

You can read the media release on CSIRO’s website.

Project partners: CSIRO; University of Sydney; Geoscience Australia; Western Australia Department of Agriculture and Food; Tasmania Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment; South Australia Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources; Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts; Northern Territory Department of Land Resource Management; Victoria Department of Environment and Primary Industries; New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage; The Australian Collaborative Land Evaluation Program.