tern ausTERN has again teamed up with Google, this time to make detailed information on Australia’s soil and landscapes available through the Google Earth Engine. As a result researchers can benefit from Google’s cloud computing power, cutting their data processing and analysis times from hours to seconds. Nationally-consistent and comprehensive soil and landscape information delivered by TERN's Soil and Landscape Grid of Australia is now available through Google Earth Engine thanks to another collaboration between TERN, CSIRO and Google.

Google’s enormous cloud computing power, combined with more than 40 years of global satellite imagery and tools and methods housed in thousands of computers in Google’s data centres, mean that organisations now have the knowledge and resources they need to visualise and share nationwide soil information using Google Earth and Google Maps. “Making the Grid accessible via Google Earth Engine means that users can now quickly complete large parallel image processing tasks and use all of the engine’s imagery archive together with Grid information,” says CSIRO’s Agricultural Soil & Landscapes Research Director Mike Grundy. “For example, calculating Available Water Content across Australia takes a long time on a PC—hours from memory—as it needs to access all depth layers for Clay, Sand, Bulk Density and Organic Carbon data. On Google Earth Engine it takes seconds or less.” Read More