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Access soilgrid data using the WCS protocol

The soil data layers from provides access to grid layers representing the spatial distribution of soil properties across the globe. There are various ways to access this data, including the Web Coverage Service (WCS) protocol. This post provides an example of how to use the OWSLib pacakge to access soil grid layers for your area of interest.


The NASADEM_HGT dataset is a 1 arcsecond void-filled dataset which combines data from the SRTM and ASTER GDEM data. It can be downloaded from EarthData in 1° by 1° tiles. But if you are using GRASS GIS, downloading is greatly fascilitated using the addon. The addon imports all NASADEM tiles covering the current region or region extents given with the region option into GRASS and patches the tiles together.