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The European Soil Databases (ESDB), distribution version v2.0 is freely available to the public after user registration. Please note that the spatial data are in vector format.

Documention for this database can be found in the following material :

Access to the data:

In order to obtain access to these databases : Fill in the online form; after which you will receive further instructions how to download the data.

Notes regarding the data:
Reference to the data should be made as follows:

  1. Panagos P., Van Liedekerke M., Jones A., Montanarella L. European Soil Data Centre: Response to European policy support and public data requirements. (2012) Land Use Policy, 29 (2), pp. 329-338. doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2011.07.003
  2. For ESDB v2.0: “The European Soil Database distribution version 2.0, European Commission and the European Soil Bureau Network, CD-ROM, EUR 19945 EN, 2004".
  3. Panagos Panos. The European soil database (2006) GEO: connexion, 5 (7), pp. 32-33.

Spatial reference system: All data are in the standard GISCO Lambert Azimuth co-ordinate system, documented in the GISCO Database Manual, in Chapter 3 "Main characteristics of the GISCO reference database" under "Spatial Reference System"


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