Programmatic interface to the Harmonized World Soil Database ‘HWSD’ web services (https://daac.ornl.gov/cgi-bin/dsviewer.pl?ds_id=1247). Allows for easy downloads of ‘HWSD’ soil data directly to your R workspace or your computer. Routines for both single pixel data downloads and gridded data are provided.
Get world soil values for a single site using the following format, specifying coordinates as a pair of latitude, longitude coordinates. Here the call only extracts the top soil fraction of sand and silt (% weight) for one specific location.
values <- ws_subset( site = "HWSD", location = c(34, -81), param = c("T_SAND","T_SILT") )
At this location we have a top soil fraction of sand of 78% weight and a silt fraction of 12 % weight! Data are returned as tidy data frames including basic meta-data of the query for later subsetting.
print(values) #> site parameter latitude longitude value #> 1 HWSD T_SAND 33.95 -81.05 78 #> 2 HWSD T_SILT 33.95 -81.05 12
You can grab gridded data by specifying a bounding box c(lat, lon, lat, lon) defined by a bottom left and top right coordinates. Here the call only extracts the top soil fraction of sand (%).
t_sand <- ws_subset( site = "HWSD", location = c(32, -81, 34, -80), param = "T_SAND", path = tempdir(), internal = TRUE )
Alternatively you can use
sf bounding box (
st_bbox()) function output to define an extent over which you want to extract gridded data. The structure of the function also allows for pipes to be used.
a <- sf::st_sf(a = 1:2, geom = sf::st_sfc( sf::st_point(c(34, -81)), sf::st_point(c(32, -80))), crs = 4326) t_sand <- a %>% sf::st_bbox() %>% ws_subset(param = "T_SAND")
This call gives an equivalent dataset as above, as shown in the plot.