Importing data in GRASS GIS – an example


ISRIC, Earth Institute, Columbia University, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) have recently released a new data set of raster layers with various predicted soil properties. This data set is referred to as the “AfSoilGrids250m” data set. It supersedes the SoilGrids1km data set and comes at a resolution of 250 meter. The AfSoilGrids250m data (GeoTIFFs) are available for download under the Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. See this page for download information.

In this post I’ll show you how you can import this data set in a GRASS GIS database. Continue reading Importing data in GRASS GIS – an example

Nice example of the use of geo-spatial tools in conservation and restoration planning

If you are interested in the use of GIS / spatial tools in the development and implementation of a management plan of conservation areas, have a look at Robert (GeoBob) Ford’s blog. It gives background information and ideas concerning the development of a GIS-based General Management Plan (GMP) for two national parks (Kundelungu and Upemba) in Congo. It is well written and clearly based on a lot of expertise. And for the visually inclined, there are a lot of very nice pictures too.


Poverty maps on HarvestChoice

Data on poverty levels, important for amongst others development study, yet very difficult to get. Sure, you can get global statistics from e.g., the FAO, Worldbank, here or here. But these give you highly aggregated data (mostly by country), not the sub-national level data often needed.

Luckily for those that need sub-national level data, HarvestChoice published in 2010 global sub-national poverty maps. The maps give the distribution of various poverty indices at sub-national level. More recently, Continue reading Poverty maps on HarvestChoice

Mapping Forest resource assessment 2010 data – part II

I am creating a series of maps based on the Global forest resources assessment 2010 (FRA). A first example is the map below with the forest and woodland cover per country as percentage of the total land area. The pie charts show the proportion of the forest-woodland area covered by forest and the portion covered by woodland per country. There are obviously other, and possible better, ways to present this information, but I wanted to try out and demonstrate the use of chart overlay in QGIS. Continue reading Mapping Forest resource assessment 2010 data – part II

Mapping Forest resource assessment 2010 data – part I

About a year ago I wrote a post about how to make a map showing deforestation rates in Africa based on the Global Forest Assessment 2005 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO). The main purpose was to show how this could be done in R. It has since become the most viewed post on my blog, mostly by people looking for maps on deforestation or forest cover in Africa.

Autumn last year the new Global forest resources assessment 2010 (FRA) has been published by the FAO. Time for an update Continue reading Mapping Forest resource assessment 2010 data – part I

Beautiful Kenya

I have lived in Kenya for seven years and this advert of Safaricom, a Kenyan mobile company, made me realize how much I miss it. It shows some of the beautiful and spectacular landscapes Kenya is famous for. For those who have never been there, take a look and you might understand why visitors invariably fall in love with the country. For those who have been there, great to see familiar places filmed in a spectacular way. OK, this has nothing to do with the usual subjects I write about… but much more beautiful :-)

Atlas of potential vegetation of Ethiopia

In July this year a new vegetation map of Ethiopia was published by the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters (Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab).


Cover of the Atlas of potential vegetation of Ethiopia


The atlas is based on many years of field work by the two senior authors ( Ib Friis and Sebsebe Demissew) Continue reading Atlas of potential vegetation of Ethiopia