Atlases

New Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas illustrates global soil biodiversity and threats to soil organisms. For the first time, a global map of soil biodiversity has been created. It is a new atlas, which pays tribute to soil organisms, the hidden engine that keeps the planet alive. Published by the JRC, it is available online from 23 May. The atlas will be launched at a dedicated side event of the 2nd UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi on 25 May.

Latin America Soil Atlas of Latin America: Through colourful maps and illustrations the atlas explains in a simple and clear manner the diversity of soil across Central and South America and the Caribbean. It highlights the vital importance of a natural non-renewable resource which provides food, fodder and fuel for 580 million people. The atlas shows the delicate relationships between soils and the functions that they provide. It raises awareness of the inter-relationships with climate and land use while illustrating the role of soil in food security, particularly in relation to climate change. Latin America's soils also support some of the world's most biodiverse ecosystems.
Soil Biodiversity in French L'Atlas européen de la biodiversité des sols: Le Centre commun de recherche (JRC), service scientifique de la Commission européenne, publie la version française de sa cartographie unique des sols européens. L'atlas européen de la biodiversité des sols est un outil d'aide à la décision visant à protéger les sols, ressource essentielle aux cycles de l'eau et du carbone et à l'agriculture. Cet ouvrage de référence s'adressant aux chercheurs, décideurs politiques et enseignants a déjà rencontré un fort succès lors de sa première publication en 2010. soil Atlas Soil Atlas of Europe: Atlas Contents, Key facts, Printouts, Commission Preface and information on how to obtain copy of the Atlas. The Soil Atlas of Europe is the result of a collective effort by more the 40 National soil surveys and soil science institutions cooperating across Europe within the European Soil Bureau Network (ESBN).
soil Atlas of Africa Soil Atlas of Africa: The Soil Atlas of Africa, the first of its kind, uses striking maps, informative texts and stunning photographs to present the diversity of soil across the African continent. It explains what soil is, where it comes from, the unique characteristics of soils in Africa, the services soil provides to society and the environment, and how soil resources are affected by human activities. With its stunning full-colour maps and illustrations, it explains why it is so important to preserve this precious natural resource. The Atlas was produced by the JRC in collaboration with the African Union, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the African Soil Science Society and soil scientists from Africa and Europe. soil Atlas Soil Atlas of the Northern Circumpolar Region: The Institute for Environment and Sustainability of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission leads a project which has an affiliation with International Polar Year. The Atlas of Northern Circumpolar Soil will be the first document of its kind to bringing together soil data for all the northern countries in a style designed to better understand and protect soil resources in these areas.The atlas illustrates the diversity of soil in the permafrost and seasonally frozen environments through a series of maps supported by explanatory and easily readable texts, high quality photographs and descriptive graphics.
Atlas of Soil Biodiversity Atlas of Soil Biodiversity: The atlas is a visually stunning publication of 128 pages, using striking photographs, informative texts and maps to explain and illustrate the great diversity of life in the across Europe. The atlas functions as a comprehensive guide to soil biology, allowing non-specialists to access information about this unseen world. The first part of the book provides an overview of the below ground environment, soil biota in general, the ecosystem functions that soil organism perform, the important value it has for human activities and relevance for global biogeochemical cycles. The second part is more of an 'Encyclopedia of Soil Biodiversity'. Starting with the smallest organisms such as the bacteria, this segment works through a range of taxonomic groups such as fungi, nematodes, insects and macro-fauna to illustrate the astonishing levels of heterogeneity of life in soil.