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PostGIS Quickie

November 10, 2011
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Today I needed to cut out a rectangle of geologic data from a state-wide map in an AEA coordinate system, using a bounding box from a UTM zone 10 region, with the output saved in UTM zone 10 coordinates. PostGIS makes this type of operation very simple...

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Soil-Landscape Block Diagrams in SoilWeb

September 16, 2011
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Soil-Landscape Block Diagrams in SoilWeb

Users of our Google Earth interface to USDA-NCSS soils information will now see links to soil-landscape block diagrams listed within map unit descriptions. Automated Linking to NCSS Block Diagrams read more

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Soil Series Query for SoilWeb

September 16, 2011
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Soil Series Query for SoilWeb

A map depicting the spatial distribution of a given soil series can be very useful when working on a new soil survey, updating an old one, or searching for specific soil characteristics. We have recently added a soil series query facility to SoilWeb, w...

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Recent Updates in the aqp (Algorithms for Quantitative Pedology) Package for R

September 14, 2011
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New version of our 'aqp' package for quantitative soils investigations, available on CRAN (version 0.99-5) and R-Forge (0.99-8). Some of the major changes are listed below: -------------------------- aqp 0.99-8 (2011-09-14) -------------------------- ...

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Saving Chunks of SSURGO Data in SoilWeb for Google Earth

June 28, 2011
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Saving Chunks of SSURGO Data in SoilWeb for Google Earth

SoilWeb is an interactive, multifaceted interface to USDA-NCSS soil survey information. Our SoilWeb application for Google Earth streams soil map units and point data as you navigate across the lower '48 states. Currently, our system imposes a 30,000 ...

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Terrain Classification Experiment 2: GRASS, R, and the raster package

May 24, 2011
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Terrain Classification Experiment 2: GRASS, R, and the raster package

Quick post on terrain classification, based on some trouble folks were having with a previous example on Windows. With the spgrass6 package, raster stacks are created by loading several GRASS files at once: x <- readRAST6(vname=c('beam_sum_m...

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First-Cut Approach to Synchronizing Field Notes with GPS Data

May 9, 2011
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After a week's worth of work in the field, I typically have several pages of hand-written field notes that are associated with GPS waypoints-- badly in need of some kind of transcription/organization. I have yet to find a simple approach for bringing t...

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Importing Weather Data from Wunderground

May 9, 2011
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Importing Weather Data from Wunderground

Wunderground Example The Wunderground.com website offers several creative interfaces to current and historic weather information. One of the more interesting features is the URL-based interface to personal weather stations. As far as I can tell, the Wu...

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Visualizing Terrain Surface Indicies with Scaled Arrows

April 30, 2011
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Visualizing Terrain Surface Indicies with Scaled Arrows

Hamish Bowman recently posted a new GRASS module (d.barb) that can be used to depict the direction and magnitude components of some vector (e.g. wind field) along a raster surface or at points in space. An example (c/o Hamish): read more

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GEOSTAT 2011 — Canberra

April 18, 2011
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GEOSTAT 2011 — Canberra

Just got back from the 2011 GEOSTAT summer school that recently took place in Canberra, Australia. Thanks to Tom Hengl for the invitation to co-teach the course, to the great folks at ANU who made it possible, and to all of the students who participat...

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