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Soils-to-Satellites is an incubator tool for viewing AusPlots, TREND and ALA data.

Data Visualisation with Soils-to-Satellites

We have an "incubator" visualisation tool called Soils-to-Satellites (Release 0.2.568, built 15 April 2014 production) that brings diverse datasets together into an easy-to-use interface that enables visualisation and comparison. Available datasets for this 'proof of concept' include: ecological data, collected by AusPlots and TREND and supplied via ÆKOS; metabarcoding data, via the BASE project; remote-sensing data, from AusCover; and spatial and biodiversity data from Atlas of Living Australia(ALA). The tool enables researchers to explore and view relationships between different types of data at the same site in ways that were not previously possible. For example, researchers are able to display layers of Australian environmental data such as elevation, temperature and soil type, then ‘drill down’ to compare vegetation and soil community layers, and perform subsequent analyses across the combined datasets.

This project was a collaboration between TERN’s Eco-informatics facility and ALA and is supported by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS). ANDS is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program and the Education Investment Fund (EIF) Super Science Initiative.