108-8 Soil Explorer - a New Website to Support Soil Science Education and Outreach.
Poster Number 1207
Monday, October 23, 2017
Tampa Convention Center, East Exhibit Hall
Digital soil maps provide opportunities to engage and educate new clientele groups on how and why soils vary at different scales and why it matters. The Integrating Spatial Educational Experiences (Isee) project utilizes the most detailed US soils information from the USDA SSURGO soil survey dataset, the best available digital elevation models from the National Elevation Data Set, and other data sources to prepare informative maps of a variety of soil properties. Maps for seven U.S. states (Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin) are currently online. Maps for Dominant Soil Parent Materials, Natural Soil Drainage Classes, and Soil Orders are available for all the states, and some states have additional maps. These maps can be accessed using the new Soil Explorer website (http://SoilExplorer.net) or with an app for the Apple iPad (https://appsto.re/us/nbdy7.i). Details of soil landscapes can be explored by zooming to a scale of 1:18,000, while popups provide additional information about each map unit. The hillshade and roads base maps are currently being expanded to cover the entire US so more areas can be added easily in the future. The project is a collaborative effort of the Isee Network (http://isee.network).
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