European Reference Grids

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2009

In the context of INSPIRE it is expected that exchange of soil related data at regional, national and European level will happen in a grid- or raster -like fashion. The basis for such work is the availability of standard or reference grids in a common co-ordinate system with fixed cell sizes and common cell coding. A proposal for such grids has been adopted during the European Reference Grids Workshop, held at Ispra (October 2003).

The Land Resource management Unit has implemented this proposal and created a number of reference grids for the EU25 countries, with cell sizes of 1km and 10km. Each cell carries a unique cell_id identifier compliant to the grid proposal. All grids are in the ESRI polygon shapefile format. The co-ordinate system is the ETRS LAEA system proposed by INSPIRE and is embedded in the shapefiles.

1km x 1km Reference Grids

The 25 1km x 1km reference grids for each of the EU25 countries are the following:

Reference Grid / Country No of Rows No of Cols Size (MB) Preview Raster
Austria
350
650
6
Belgium
300
350
3
Cyprus
180
200
1
Czech_Republic
350
550
5
Denmark
400
550
6
Estonia
300
400
3
Finland
1250
750
24
France
1150
1100
32
Germany
950
700
17
Greece
850
1000
23
Hungary
400
550
6
Ireland
450
400
4
Italy
1200
1100
34
Latvia
300
500
4
Lithuania
300
400
3
Luxembourg
150
100
0.5
Malta
40
50
0.1
Netherlands
350
300
3
Poland
700
800
15
Portugal
600
400
6
Slovakia
250
450
3
Slovenia
250
300
2
Spain
940
1100
27
Sweden
1600
650
26
UK
1300
700
23

 

(July 2009) Lately, in the context of soil data collection through EIONET, an extended set of Reference Grids have been generated for 39 EIONET member countries (including EU-27), with grids clipped along the country border. These grids are available from Country Grids .

 

10km x 10km Reference Grids

The 25 10km x 10km reference grids for all EU25 countries have been zipped into one file: Grids for single EU25 Countries ETRS_LAEA_10k (3MB)

Other Reference Grids

For the convenience of and reference to the user, also the following data are available: