Data and digital information

The UK Soils Observatory (UKSO) provides a unified starting point for accessing UK soils data and underpinning research (with the specific objective of providing these data for free where possible).

Resources for the UK

  • Apps from the UKSO: smartphone apps and other tools from UKSO partners
  • BGS OpenGeoscience: a free service where you can view maps, download data, scans, photos and other information
  • CatchIS: Cranfield University's Catchment Information System
  • CEH Environmental Information Platform: the tool for finding, viewing and accessing data resources held by the EIDC (NERC Data Centre for terrestrial and freshwater sciences) and other data providers in the UK and beyond
  • Countryside Survey: a unique study or audit of the natural resources of the UK's countryside
  • G-BASE: an integral part of the European Soil Data Centre, which is one of the ten environmental data centres in Europe and is the focal point for soil data at European level
  • LandIS: Land Information System; Cranfield University's national soil web information system for England and Wales
  • Scotland's Soils: a website for Scotland's soils that aims to make authoritative, scientifically robust soils information and data more accessible, both to help decision makers and to increase public understanding of soils

Resources for the rest of the world

  • European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC): the thematic centre for soil related data in Europe
  • European Soil Portal: an integral part of the European Soil Data Centre, which is one of the ten environmental data centres in Europe and is the focal point for soil data at European level
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Soils Portal
  • Global Soil Biodiversity initiative: a platform for promoting the translation of expert knowledge on soil biodiversity into environmental policy and sustainable land management for the protection and enhancement of ecosystem services
  • International Soil Moisture Network: an international cooperation to establish and maintain a global in-situ soil moisture database
  • International soil carbon network: a scientific community devoted to the advancement of soil carbon research
  • Irish Soil Information System: the ISIS project has led to the development of a new national soil map of 1:250 000 and an associated digital soil information system, providing both spatial and quantitative information on soil types and properties across Ireland. Both the map and the information system will be freely available to the public through a designated website. This project began in 2008 and will conclude in autumn 2014 with the launch of the new web portal. It is hoped that it may be possible to showcase the data in the UKSO portal
  • Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN) Data and Products: a soil climate monitoring program consisting of automated data collection sites across the US
  • SoilGrids 1km: a collection of updatable soil property and class maps of the world at a resolution of 1 km produced using model-based statistical methods
  • Soils Worldwide: home of the SoilPIC project, Cranfield University's substantial free online collection of soil profile and landscape photographs
  • WOSSAC: Cranfield University's World Soil Survey Archive and Catalogue. Soil maps and reports from around the world