Getting Started

The Pacific Soils Portal (PSP) is a web site where you can view detailed soils information using an interactive map viewer and obtain soil reports for specific locations. This guide will introduce you to the core features of this service including how to navigate and explore the maps, how to query the data and other important features.

Warning: Some features are unavailable when the Pacific Soils Portal is used on tablets or mobile phones.

Warning: The Reporting feature does not work in Internet Explorer 11.

 

This page contains an overview of how to get started with the basic functionality of the site. A more detailed walkthrough of all aspects of the site can be accessed whenever you see Detailed Help in the text below.

 

Registration

Registration is optional, however doing so will allow you to save your pins between sessions. Registering is quick and easy, and completely free (for non-commercial use). To register, click here.

 

Maps

Clicking on the Maps tile on the home page will take you to a page where you can select and view soil maps.

The map page consists of a main map window, surrounded by a series of panels and controls which enable map navigation, map viewing, querying for data and reporting of the map layers.

map page main

Fig. 1. Map page.

 

1. Map window - Interact with and view maps.

2. Control panel - Various controls.

3. SEARCH panel - Search for a particular location using geographic coordinates, a place name or an address.

4. MAP LAYERS panel - Control which layers are drawn on the map. Tick check boxes to turn layers on or off. Click layer name to view information about a layer. This will be displayed in the METADATA panel.

5. LEGEND panel - Displays a map key.

6. METADATA panel - Displays descriptive information about the selected map layer, including a link to download the original data, if available.

7. Navigation panel - Links to different pages of the site and other sites of interest.

8. SOIL REPORT panel - Add features of interest to the map to generate a report.

9. MY FEATURES panel - If you save a pin, this is where they will appear.

 

Interacting with the map

To move around the map, click and drag the map to pan (move) to another location. You can zoom into the map (to see more detail) and zoom out of the map (to see less detail) using the zoom buttons (+ / -). Detailed Help

 

Finding a particular place on the map

If you are looking for a particular place, the quickest way to find it is to use the SEARCH tool (3). Searching works with geographic coordinates, a place name or an address. Detailed Help

 

Viewing map layers including soil information layers

You can view the different soil layers using the MAP LAYERS panel (4).

Make sure the MAP LAYERS panel is expanded by clicking the  button. Tick a box to view the layer on the map. Tick another box to view another layer.

 

Learning about a particular map layer

The METADATA panel (6) displays background information about the layer you have currently selected. Further details about particular features (classes) making up a layer can be found in the LEGEND panel (5). To view this information, click on a layer in the MAP LAYERS panel, and make sure the METADATA or LEGEND panel is open. The active layer will be highlighted.

 

View information for a particular location / area

You can view a report for a selected layer by you clicking on a location on the map. A pin marker will appear at the location you have clicked.

Once the report has been requested a report preview will appear in the SOIL REPORT panel. The information displayed here is based on what is clicked on - either a soil map unit or soil profile report.

Full Report: Clicking the "Soil Report" button generates a more detailed report for the location in question. The report is then accessible in your MY FEATURES panel, after you close the report window. Detailed Help

 

Last updated: 24 April 2020

The Pacific Soils Portal (PSP) is a web site where you can view detailed soils information using an interactive map viewer and obtain soil reports for specific locations. This guide will introduce you to the core features of this service including how to navigate and explore the maps, how to query the data and other important features.

N.B. Using the site on a tablet device results in a reduced feature set. To enjoy all the functionality we recommend viewing the site on a desktop / laptop. The more detailed help is also available when you use the site on a desktop or laptop device.

The images shown below may differ slightly to how things look on your device. This is due to the differences in screen size and resolution across different tablet devices. The layout of the website may also vary depending on whether you are viewing the site in portrait or landscape.

 

This page contains an overview of how to get started with the basic functionality of the site. A more detailed walkthrough of all aspects of the site can be accessed whenever you see Detailed Help in the text below.

 

Registration

Registration is optional, however doing so will allow you to save your pins between sessions. Registering is quick and easy, and completely free (for non-commercial use). To register, click here.

 

Maps

Tapping on the Maps tile on the home page will take you to a page where you can select and view soil maps.

The map page consists of a main map window, surrounded by a series of panels and controls which enable map navigation, map viewing, querying for data and reporting of the soil map layers.


map page main Fig. 1. Map page.

1. Map window - Interact with and view maps.

a. Zoom buttons - Zoom in and out of the map.

b. Layer transparency - Alter the transparency of the soil layers.

c. Overview map - Shows the larger geographic context of your current map.

d. Locate me - Zoom the map to your current location.

e. Attribution - Copyright information.

f. Scale Bar.

2. Control panel - Various controls relating to interacting with the map and querying for data, sharing and advanced settings.

a. Reset - Reset map and layers to default settings.

b. Previous / next extent - Cycle between previously viewed maps.

c. Full screen - Switch to full screen mode.

d. Max extent - Zoom map to full geographic extent.

e. Zoom to rectangle - Draw a box on map by clicking and dragging out a box. The map will redraw using your rectangle as the map extent. (Mode change)

f. Share map - Create a URL link to share the current map with other users.

g. Send Feedback - Opens the contact form for sending us feedback or telling us about a problem you are having.

h. Help - Display summary help window.

i. Settings - Displays the advanced settings window. In this window you can change the image resolution of the map, allow more control of map layers, and change the interaction style between mouse and touch (if you have a touch enabled device).

3. SEARCH panel - Search for a particular location using geographic coordinates, a place name or an address. Learn more.

4. MAP LAYERS panel - Control which layers are drawn. Tick check boxes to turn layers on or off. Touch layer name to view layer information, which will be displayed in the LEGEND panel. Learn more.

5. MY FEATURES panel - Saved pins and features, generated from the SOIL REPORT panel, will appear here.

6. LEGEND panel - Displays a map key.

7. METADATA panel - Displays descriptive information about the selected map layer, including a link to download the original data, if available.

8. SOIL REPORT panel - Generate reports by touching the map to add pins. Learn more.

9. Navigation menu - Links to different pages of the site and other sites of interest.

 

Interacting with the map

To move around the map, tap and drag the map to pan (move) to another location, or zoom into the map (see more detail) and zoom out (see less detail) using the zoom buttons (1a). Detailed Help

 

Finding a particular place on the map

If you are looking for a particular place, the quickest way to find it is to use the SEARCH tool (3). Searching works with geographic coordinates, a place name or an address. Detailed Help

 

Viewing map layers including soil information layers

You can view the different soil layers using the MAP LAYERS panel (4).

Make sure the MAP LAYERS panel is expanded by tapping the  button. Tick a box to view the layer on the map. Tick another box to view another layer.

 

View information for a particular location / area

You can view a report for a selected layer by you touching on a location on the map. A pin marker will appear at the location you have touched.

Once the report has been requested a report preview will appear in the SOIL REPORT panel. The information displayed here is based on what is clicked on - either a soil map unit or soil profile report.

 

Full Report: Tapping the "Soil Report" button generates a more detailed report for the location in question. The report is then accessible in your MY FEATURES panel, after you close the report window. Detailed Help

 

Last updated: 24 April 2020

The Pacific Soils Portal (PSP) is a web site where you can view detailed soils information using an interactive map viewer and obtain soil reports for specific locations. This guide will introduce you to the core features of this service including how to navigate and explore the maps, how to query the data and other important features.

N.B. Using the site on a smart phone device results in a reduced feature set. To enjoy all functionality we recommend using the web site on a desktop / laptop.

The images shown below may differ slightly to how things look on your smart phone device. This is due to differences in screen size and resolution across different devices. The layout of the web site may also vary depending on whether you are viewing the site in portrait or landscape.

This page contains an overview of how to get started with the basic functionality of the site. A more detailed walkthrough of all aspects of the site can be accessed whenever you see Detailed Help in the text below.

 

Registration

Registration is optional, however doing so will allow you to save your pins between sessions. Registering is quick and easy, and completely free (for non-commercial use). To register, click here.

 

Exploring the maps and science data

Tapping the Maps tile on the home page will take you to a page where you can select and view soil maps.

The map page consists of a main map window, surrounded by a series of panels and controls which enable map navigation, map viewing, querying for data and reporting of the soil map layers.

map page main Fig. 1. Map page.

  1. Main menu - Contains links to all major sections of the site.
  2. MAP LAYERS panel - Control which layers are drawn. Tick check boxes to turn layers on or off. Click layer name to view layer information, which will be displayed in the LEGEND panel. Learn more.
  3. SEARCH panel - Search for a particular location using geographic coordinates, a place name or an address. Learn more.
  4. MY FEATURES panel - Saved pins and features, generated from the SOIL REPORT panel, will appear here.
  5. LEGEND panel - Displays a map key.
  6. METADATA panel - Displays descriptive information about the selected map layer, including a link to download the original data, if available.
  7. Zoom buttons - Zoom in and out of the map.
  8. Layer transparency - Alter the transparency of the soil layers.
  9. Locate me - Zoom map to your current location.
  10. Attribution - Copyright information.
  11. Settings - Displays the advanced settings window. In this window you can change the image resolution of the map, allow more control of map layers, and change the interaction style between mouse and touch (if you have a touch enabled device).
  12. Map window - Interact with and view maps.


Interacting with the map

To move around the map, tap and drag the map to pan (move) to another location, or zoom into the map (see more detail) and zoom out (see less detail) using the zoom buttons (7). Detailed Help

 

Finding a particular place on the map

If you are looking for a particular place, the quickest way to find it is to use the SEARCH tool (3). Searching works with geographic coordinates, a place name or an address. Detailed Help

 

Viewing map layers including soil information layers

You can view the different soil layers using the MAP LAYERS panel (2).

Make sure the MAP LAYERS panel is expanded by tapping the  button. Tick a box to view the layer on the map. Tick another box to view another layer.

 

View information for a particular location / area

You can view a report for a selected layer by you touching on a location on the map. A pin marker will appear at the location you have touched.

Once the report has been requested a report preview will appear in the SOIL REPORT panel. The information displayed here is based on what is clicked on - either a soil map unit or soil profile report.

 

Full Report: Tapping the "Soil Report" button generates a more detailed report for the location in question. The report is then accessible in your MY FEATURES panel, after you close the report window. Detailed Help

 

Learning more about a map layer

Further details about particular features (classes) making up a layer can be found in the LEGEND panel (3). To view this information, tap on a layer in the MAP LAYERS panel, then open the LEGEND panel.

 

Last updated: 24 April 2020


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