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Trusted Soil Data for Solving Global Issues!

Trusted Soil Data for Solving Global Issues!

ISRIC - WDC Soils (WDS Regular Member) has released a large set of standardized soil profile data that are freely available for the international community to access and use to underpin broad-scale mapping and modelling efforts aimed at addressing issues such as food security, land degradation, and climate change.

The four million records (for some 94 thousand profiles) contained within the database come from various sources, their inclusion strongly determined by the provenance and licence of the data. The procedures for obtaining, checking, standardizing, and serving the various source data were published in the open-access journal Earth System Science Data. In particular, special attention was paid to the selection of soil analytical and physical properties considered in the GlobalSoilMap specifications.

Many data providers have already contributed to this global effort. Yet, there are still important soil geographical and soil taxonomical gaps in the present dataset, and the number of soil profiles and range of soil properties will only grow with broader participation. Please contact ISRIC if you wish to contribute soil profile data to this international effort.