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Soil Datasets

The European Soil Portal contains currently many soil data and information; most of the offered data are at European scale, while, when possible, links to national or global datasets are provided. With the term "Soil Dataset", we refer to all digital resources grouped in data, maps and application/services.

The following resources are available:

In the context of the development of European Environmental Data Centres by the European Commission and the European Environment Agency, a European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC) has been developed by JRC, which also holds a catalogue of European soil data and information. This catalogue holds references to a subset of the information and data that can be found here; its main advantage is that it features a dedicated search engine for targeted search operations.

More information about the European Soil Data Centre may be found in the following publication:
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, ISSN: 02648377

The European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC) was designed to be the first point of contact for all the EU’s soil data needs. It is an online repository of scientific information (datasets, documents, reports, maps, events and projects) relating to various aspects of soil science. It houses major ongoing initiatives, such as the European Soil Database and data from national research organisations, as well as the results of recent EU-funded projects.

More Information: The European Soil Data Centre: a one-stop-shop for soil science "Science for Environment Policy": European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service (9 February 2012)


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