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

Access R from GRASS GIS on Windows

Since I have switch from Windows to Linux, many years ago, things have started to look a lot brighter for those wanting to use GRASS on Windows. I won’t switch back to Windows any time soon, but I recently had to install WinGRASS for somebody else. And it was a whole lot easier than I had feared (or even hoped).

But there is one thing I couldn’t immediately figure out; how to run R from within GRASS. I should add that I installed GRASS using the OSGEO4W installer. When installing GRASS using the stand alone installer, access to R from the GRASS command line should work out-of-the-box (see comment from Helmut in the comment section below).

After a bit of trial and error, I came up with the steps below. It involves editing a file to tell GRASS where to look for executables. In the example below I am adding the path to the R and rstudio executables to this file. Having done that, I can now type R.exe or rstudio.exe on the GRASS command line to open these programs. Continue reading Access R from GRASS GIS on Windows

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.


New: Quantum map, a simplified QGIS version

An announcement on the QGIS mailing list about NIWA Quantum map made me curious. How is this going to differ from QGIS? As it turns out, NIWA Quantum map is basically QGIS with a simplified interface, i.e., it has some GIS functionality hidden or removed to be less confusing for users not familiar with GIS. They used the customization options to disable the editing functions, so users can enable that if required. I wonder though why they did not do the same with the analytical functions, rather then removing it all together.

It furthermore has a custom plugin added to provide easy access to a number of data layers for New Zealand. As these are WMS or WFS data sources, you can of course open them in QGIS too, or any WMS or WFS compatible software for that matter.

A great way to try out open source GIS software

I just came across an email thread on the QGIS email list that mentioned OSGeo-Live. This is a “self-contained bootable DVD, USB thumb drive or Virtual Machine based on Xubuntu, that allows you to try a wide variety of open source geospatial software without installing anything”. Worth exploring if you are looking for new great geospatial software.

Add geometry values to vector layer in GRASS GIS

In my previous post I explained how to add geometry values to the attribute table of a vector map in QGIS. You can do the same in GRASS GIS. It is slightly more complicated (don’t worry, it is still easy enough), but also more powerful. Below I will briefly explain how to use this tool using the GUI or command line. Continue reading Add geometry values to vector layer in GRASS GIS