European Soil Database v2.0 (vector and attribute data)

This database (2004) is the only harmonized soil database for Europe, extending also to Eurasia. It contains a soil geographical database SGDBE (polygons) to which a number of essential soil attributes are attached, and an associate database PTRDB, with attributes which values have been derived through pedotransfer rules. Also part of the database is the Soil Profile Analytical Database, that contains measured and estimated soil profiles for Europe.
Registration is requested: 
European Commission –- DG JRC

The European Soil Databases (ESDB), distribution version v2.0 is freely available to the public after user registration. Please note that the spatial data are in vector format.

Documention for this database can be found in the following material :

Note that on the basis of the vector data, a number of rasters have been derived, one for each attribute in the database; these raster have been put together in a dataset calles ESDB v2 Raster Library 1kmx1km ( Also this dataset vcan be accessed after registration.

Access to the data:

In order to obtain access to these databases : Fill in the online form; after which you will receive further instructions how to download the data.

References regarding the data:

  1. For ESDB v2.0: “The European Soil Database distribution version 2.0, European Commission and the European Soil Bureau Network, CD-ROM, EUR 19945 EN, 2004".
  2. Panagos Panos. The European soil database (2006) GEO: connexion, 5 (7), pp. 32-33.

Spatial reference system: All data are in the standard GISCO Lambert Azimuth co-ordinate system, documented in the GISCO Database Manual, in Chapter 3 "Main characteristics of the GISCO reference database" under "Spatial Reference System"  


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