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URISA Texas Virtual Speaker Series - September 2017

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2017
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Webinar (See below)


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Creating and Using Custom Soils Databases using ArcGIS Desktop

Presentation Outline: 

The gSSURGO database has become popular with ArcGIS users needing large-scale or detailed soils data for analysis and modeling across very large areas of the United States. For several years the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has been providing downloads of gSSURGO in state-wide tiles from the Geospatial Data Gateway. What many users don’t realize is that the NRCS has also created the 'Soil Data Development' ArcToolbox, which along with the User Guide makes it easy for anyone to download large quantities of soils data, build gSSURGO databases for custom areas of interest, and to create soil maps for over 160 soil properties in a similar fashion as the Soil Data Viewer extension for ArcMap. Custom areas of interest could be defined as any polygon or set of polygons such as 12-digit watersheds, multi-counties, states, multi-states or even as pipeline corridors that stretch from the Gulf Coast to Canada. During this webinar, Steve will be demonstrating how to use the Toolbox and answering questions about gSSURGO.

About the Speaker:

Steve Peaslee is a GIS Specialist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). He has served in that capacity for a total of 23 years in the states of Kansas and Nebraska. This includes 5 years at the Kansas state office in Salina, 2 years as the State GIS Specialist in Nebraska and 17 years at the National Soil Survey Office in Lincoln, Nebraska. Steve has degrees in Agriculture and Surveying/GIS from Kansas State University.

His work with the NRCS began in the early nineties when digital orthophotography was just becoming available through USGS. Steve was heavily involved with the development of digital watershed and hydrography layers in Kansas and became the GIS lead for the development of SSURGO soils data in Kansas. Most of his career has been spent working with digital soils data such as SSURGO, both in the development and support aspects.

Currently his duties at the National Soil Survey Center involve GIS and cartographic support for the National Soil Survey Center staffs and Soils Hotline support for any soils-related data or applications having a GIS component. These applications include Soil Data Viewer, Web Soil Survey and Soil Data Access. Steve specializes in using ESRI’s ArcGIS Desktop to develop Python-based ArcTools for working with soils data.

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