Google Earth Files

Google Earth Files (with ".kmz" extension) that correspond to 73 attribute maps derived from the European Soil Database v2 (ESDB v2) for EU27 countries.
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Author - Contributors: 
Panagos P., Van Liedekerke M., Jones A., Montanarella L.
Year: 
2008

From this page you can download Google Earth Files (with ".kmz" extension) that correspond to 73 attribute maps derived from the European Soil Database v2 (ESDB v2) for EU27 countries. The ".kmz" files are zipped ".kml" files and are automatically unzipped when opened by the Google Earthapplication, which can be freely downloaded. The ".kmz" files are typically 20 MB in size, so it may take some time to download the file and open it with Google Earth.

Limitation to Agricultural use

Google Earth File Description
Code of the most important limitation to agricultural use of the STU.
Code of a secondary limitation to agricultural use of the STU.

Soil Classification WRB

Google Earth File Description
Full soil code of the STU from the World Reference Base (WRB) for Soil Resources.
First soil adjective code of the STU from the World Reference Base (WRB) for Soil Resources.
Second soil adjective code of the STU from the World Reference Base (WRB) for Soil Resources.
Soil reference group code of the STU from the World Reference Base (WRB) for Soil Resources.

Texture

Google Earth File Description
Depth class to a textural change of the dominant and/or secondary surface 3 of the STU.
Dominant surface textural class of the STU.
Secondary surface textural class of the STU.
Dominant sub-surface textural class of the STU.
Secondary sub-surface textural class of the STU.

Parent Material

Google Earth File Description
Code for dominant parent material of the STU.
Major group code for the dominant parent material of the STU.
Second level code for the dominant parent material of the STU.
Third level code for the dominant parent material of the STU.
Code for secondary parent material of the STU.
Major group code for the secondary parent material of the STU.
Second level code for the secondary parent material of the STU.
Third level code for the secondary parent material of the STU.

Soil Classification FAO

Google Earth File Description
Full soil code of the STU from the 1974 (modified CEC 1985) FAO-UNESCO Soil Legend
Soil major group code of the STU from the 1974 (modified CEC 1985) FAO-UNESCO Soil Legend.
Second level soil code of the STU from the 1974 (modified CEC 1985) FAO-UNESCO Soil Legend.
Third level soil code of the STU from the 1974 (modified CEC 1985) FAO-UNESCO Soil Legend.
Full soil code of the STU from the 1990 FAO-UNESCO Soil Legend.
Soil major group code of the STU from the 1990 FAO-UNESCO Soil Legend.
Second level soil code of the STU from the 1990 FAO-UNESCO soil legend

Land Use

Google Earth File Description
Code for dominant land use of the STU.
Code for secondary land use of the STU.

Obstacle-Impermeable-Soil Water Regime

Google Earth File Description
Code for the presence of an impermeable layer within the soil profile of the STU.
Depth class of an obstacle to roots within the STU.
Dominant annual average soil water regime class of the soil profile of the STU.

Water Management System

Google Earth File Description
Code for normal presence and purpose of an existing water management system in agricultural land on more than 50% of the STU.
Code for the type of an existing water management system.

Altitude - Slope

Google Earth File Description
Dominant slope class of the STU.
Secondary slope class of the STU.
Maximum elevation above sea level of the STU (in metres).
Minimum elevation above sea level of the STU (in metres).

Primary Properties

Google Earth File Description
Elevation
Topsoil organic carbon content.
Peat.
Dominant surface textural class (completed from dominant STU).

Chemical Properties

Google Earth File Description
Base saturation of the subsoil.
Base saturation of the topsoil.
Subsoil cation exchange capacity.
Topsoil cation exchange capacity.
Soil profile differentiation.
Profile mineralogy.
Subsoil mineralogy.
Topsoil mineralogy.

Mechanical Properties

Google Earth File Description
Depth to rock.
Subsoil packing density.
Topsoil packing density.
Subsoil structure.
Topsoil structure.
Rule infered subsoil 3.
Volume of stones

Hydrological Properties

Google Earth File Description
Subsoil available water capacity.
Topsoil available water capacity.
Depth to a gleyed horizon.
Depth to an impermeable layer.
Subsoil easily available water capacity.
Topsoil easily available water capacity.
Hydrogeological class.
Parent material hydrogeological type.

Applications

Google Earth File Description
Dominant limitation to agricultural use (without no information).
Secondary limitation to agricultural use (without no information).
Accumulated temperature class.
Soil crusting class.
Soil erodibility class.
Physi-chemical factor of soil crusting & erodibility.
Textural factor of soil crusting.
Textural factor of soil erodibility.
Regrouped land use class.