Title: Introduction of European Soil Portal and Soil Mapping
Authors: PANAGOS PanagiotisMONTANARELLA LucaVAN LIEDEKERKE Marc
Citation: The 9th International Conference of The East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Societies vol. 1 p. 95-99
Publisher: East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Societies
Publication Year: 2009
JRC N°: JRC56319
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC56319
Type: Contributions to Conferences
Abstract: The European Soil Portal is the joint contribution of the European Commission and the European Soil Bureau Network (ESBN) to the building of a thematic spatial data infrastructure for soils. This portal, located at http://eusoils.jrc.ec.europa.eu , is the place in which all relevant data and information regarding soils at European level has been collected. It serves also as a vehicle to promote the activities of the European Soil Bureau Network. Spatial data collection and processing within this infrastructure is performed according to emerging ideas behind the INSPIRE Directive 2007/2/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 March 2007 establishing an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community. INSPIRE deals, among others, with difficulties to identify, access and use available spatial information in Europe. The European Soil Portal has been considered as a success story of networking different soil information in European level. It is mainly built around the European Soil Database (ESDB), which consists of a number of components of which the Soil Geographical Database of Eurasia (SGDBE) at Scale 1:1,000,000 is one. It is a representation of the diversity and spatial variability of the soil coverage across Europe and its neighbouring countries.
JRC Institute:Institute for Environment and Sustainability

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