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The UKSO is an online archive of UK soils data from nine research bodies. It provides easy access to fully described datasets allowing everyone to work with the latest UK soil research outputs.
Knowledge of soil types and properties underpins good soil-management practices allowing us to develop vital strategies for sustainable agricultural production, UK's carbon balance and a wide range of other services e.g. flood prevention.
The UKSO map viewer can be used by anyone to explore what we already know about UK soils. A large quantity of soil datasets (mostly as maps) are available, including soil type and a wide range of physical, chemical and biological properties. Each partner organisation has contributed data covering a mix of these topics. Users can also view the data within their own mapping software or apps. UKSO also acts an archive of soil-related resources and information such as soil apps, publications, events and research projects.
There is a growing need to understand our soils better and protect them for future generations. Availability and general use of spatial technology in web and mobile applications allows more soil data to be published more quickly to more users than ever before. Coupled with current trends in government data policies and UK soil research activities, the UKSO is a logical step in harmonising our data and developing new avenues for soil research. UKSO has been developed as:
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) as component parts of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have funded the creation and maintenance of UKSO to enable better access to soil data for all.
The consortium partners provide data and support for UKSO as part of their wider role as publicly funded research organisations (please see the partners page).
The benefits of the UKSO are significant and wide-ranging, and include:
Our objectivesare to:
If you are a research centre or data holder, you can become a partner and contribute data to the platform for others to use (see details below).
If you are a soil researcher, why not ask us to link to your soil observatory platform (see details below).
If you are interested in discussing potential collaborations or database contribution please contact Patrick Bell at BGS for technical queries, or David Robinson at CEH or any of the other UKSO partners.