National Data

This section provides links to websites from where soil related datasets at national level could potentially be accessed and/or downloaded. According to INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe) principles, public users should be provided with easy access to datasets at European, National, Regional and local level. In this spirit, members of the European Soil Bureau Network and staff from JRC are jointly identifying relevant data sets in Europe and the modalities for accessing them. This effort is also relevant in the context of the establishment of the European Soil Data Center (ESDAC) at JRC. See also the Global Datasets and the Regional Datasets

In case you host Soil Data/Maps/Applications in National level and you want to publish their links to the current page, please contact Panos Panagos


Number of National Soil Datasets: 16

Country Organisation Database Database Description Responsible


Umweltbundesamt GmbH
BORIS Soil Information System in Austria The soil information system BORIS holds Austria-wide information on soil characteristics, sites and contamination with pollutants. Data have been made comparable, have been merged and are provided online. 
It gets more and more important to provide information on the current state and impact as well as on the pollution load capacity of our soils at any time. To achieve this, large and manifold data sets of Austrian soil investigations have been merged. With a particular code key ("data key soil science") - developed with the support of many Austrian soil experts -methodical differences have been identified and eliminated. In this way, the heterogeneous data sets have been made comparable. This comprehensive data pool offers great possibilities for the assessment of soils in Austria. Currently BORIS provides online nearly 1.5 Mio. data sets linked to more than 10 000 sites.


Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape
Digital Soil Map of Austria The Digital Soil Map of Austria comprises agricultural soils. The soil mapping was started in 1958 and is nearly finished. The survey in the field was carried out at a scale of 1:10.000 and the results were generalised for a scale of 1: 25.000. In 1998 the obtained maps were transferred into a GIS system and a web application ("eBod") was launched in 2004 ( This application is regularly updated and soil thematic maps, like soil water status, soil erosion etc. are developed. Additionally, basic geodata, like satellite images and aerial photos are provided. The scale is variable, however, it is recommended to avoid a resolution lower that 1.10.000. When a scale large that 1: 30.000 is used, the application will automatically switch to a raster image (cell size: 50 m) allowing overviews on a regional scale. Michael Wandl


Laboratory of Soil Science, Ghent University

Agricultural University of Gembloux
The Belgian Soil Map A comprehensive systematic survey of the Belgian soils was initiated in 1947 and implemented through three regional sections in cooperation with the Agricultural Faculties of the Universities of Gembloux, Gent and Leuven. Although the map units originally were delineated on cadastral field survey maps at scale 1:5,000, the soil map was finally published at a 1:20,000 scale. Since then, the hardcopy soil maps of the Flemish region are distributed by the Laboratory of Soil Science, Ghent University, while the Support Centre GIS-Flanders created the digital soil map database of this region.In Wallonia, the Laboratory of Geopedology of the Agricultural University of Gembloux is responsible for the distribution of the hardcopy soil maps. Under the auspices of the General Direction for Agriculture of the Ministery of the Wallonian Region, they also recently finalised the digital soil map of Wallonia.The large national soil profile database has been computerised by the Institute for Land and Water Management,Leuven Eric Van Ranst, Laurent Bock


Croatian Environment Agency
Soil and Plant Laboratories database/Baza podataka o laboratorijima za analize tla i biljnog materijala Database contains list of existing soil and plant laboratories with contact information, employee’s structure, equipment data, samples handling procedures, certification data, conducting analysis, used methodologies, hazardous waste management, etc Hana Mesić

Czech Republic
Soil Map of the Czech Republic 1:200.000 The present soil map of Czech Republic is map of dominant soil taxonomical units, their parent materials, Czech and world reference classification, background for land use and potencional soil degradation evaluation Josef Kozák


Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences
Danish soil profiles, Danske jordbundsprofiler Danish soil profiles retains 68 well-described type profiles with both profile- and landscape pictures. For each soil profile, there is a profile description, horizon description analytical data and option of tree species. As the first substantial work, which describes Danish soil profiles, the collection will be suitable for teaching. The intention of "Danske jordbundsprofiler" has also been to create a solid basis for the Danish forest site classification system  


Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute
1:250,000 scale National Soil Map (LandIS) The LandIS (Land Information System) contains extensive digital soil information for England and Wales including the following principal data sets: Vector 1:250,000 scale National Soil Map; a simplified Soilscapes version; representative values or a range of soil properties and derived functional values for soil series; soil profile descriptions, a proportion of which have accompanying analytical data; National Soil Inventory soil monitoring dataset; Detailed local mapping; Publications. Useful tools include the Soilscapes Viewer, Soil Site Reporter, and the Soils Guide – linked from the LandIS home page. Stephen Hallett


MTT Agrifood Research Finland
Soil Database 1:250,000 National, internationally synchronized soil database with FAO/WRB classification. Harri Lilja


Groupement d'Intérêt Scientifique sur les Sols (GIS Sol)
French Soil Information System The French Soil Information System contains the data for the main programmes concerning soil survey and monitoring in France:
-The Soil Geographical Data Base of France at 1:1,000,000 scale
-The I.G.C.S. (survey, management and protection of soils) multiscale soil inventory programme with three sub-programmes following the level of applications of the soil surveys: 
- The RMQS (Soil Quality Monitoring Network) soil monitoring programme with data collected on a 16 km by 16 km grid 
- BDAT (Soil Analyses Database) programme that gathers soil analyses performed by certified laboratories for farmers (
-Several thematic data bases on organic carbon and trace elements 
-The INDIQUASOL data base that gives the state of pressures on soil on a 16 km by 16 km grid
Dominique Arrouays


Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR)
Soil Map Products The Soil Science Map Server is used for documenting the current work status of soil maps in the BGR as well as for interactive visualization of maps and attributes stored in databases. 
Data visualization is based on the UMN Mapserver and allows direct access of data through its user interface. Currently, only the soil map 1:1,000,000 is accessible. In the near future, this will be extended with larger scale overview maps, depending on availability.
Wolf Eckelmann


Italian National Center for Soil Mapping
Banca Dati Nazionale dei Suoli The Centro Nazionale di Cartografia Pedologica collects data of given profiles around Italy coming from Public Administrations, Agencies, Institutes of Search, University and companies. The observations are harmonized and inserted in one datatabase managed from one application realized software from the CNCP. Contact


Italian Ministry of Environment
Carta Ecopedologica 1:250.000 The Project "Ecopedological Map of Italy" was born from the will of the Italian Ministry of Environment who wanted to insert the pedological component between the 3 environmental components of the NATURA Map. In this context the European Commission - Joint Research Centre has been in charge of the realization of the Ecopedological Map of Italy in scale 1:250.000. This project has ended in 2001 and became part of the implementation of the European Soil Information System (EUSIS) as it was described in the Georeferenced Soil Database for Europe: Manual of Procedures Version 1.1. Eur 18092 EN).  


Ministry for Rural Affairs and the Environment - National Soil Unit
MALSIS The MALSIS databases contain a comprehensive range of information about the soils of Malta. The Soil Landscape map at 1:25,000 describes the distribution of different soils of Malta and is available in digital form. Information is also held digitally in a vector format as polygons with attached attributes that describe the contents of each polygon in terms of the percentage cover of each soil type present. The National Soil Inventory is a group of data sets that relate to points on a 1-kilometre grid across the Maltese Islands. For each there is a complete soil and site description, and results from analysis of the inorganic and organic composition of the topsoil and subsoil. Sonya Sammut


1:50,000 Dutch Soil Information System The Dutch Soil Information System contains the following components:
•a nationwide 1:50 000 soil map
• a nationwide 1:50 000 map of water table classes
• a nationwide 1:250 000 soil map
• regional maps at scales ranging from 1:25 000 to 1:10 000 for parts of the country that have undergone reallotment of land
• a map of groundwater dynamics for about 50% of the country
• a nationwide 1:50 000 geomorphological map 
• nationwide maps of historical land use in 1850, 1900, 1930, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990
Part of this information is accessible through internet (, eventually all of the information will be made available. In addition to the maps that are available in general GIS formats, there is a huge amount of point data available, viz. a soil profile description at about 275.000 locations and additional analytical soil (chemical and physical) data at about 8000 locations.
Gerben Mol


Norwegian Institute of land Inventory (NIJOS)
The Norwegian Soil Information System In the Norwegian Soil Information System detailed information (1 : 15.000) is available for nearly 50 % of the agricultural areas in Norway. Mainly areas in SE and Middle Norway are mapped. In total 16 datasets were derived from the original soil data. All datasets are available via internet. The datasets are used by authorities (national, county and municipality), farmers and researchers. The Norwegian Reference System for Soil Resources is used as soil classification system; this system is based on WRB. The present dataset is sofar only available in the Norwegian language. Arnold Arnoldussen


Soil Science and Conservation Research Institute
Informacny servis VUPOP - SSCRI Information Service Database consists of 3 sets:
1. Pody SR (Soils of Slovakia) - with Soil Map of Slovakia 1:400 000 (scale acc. to the scientific content)
2. LPIS Soil Register
3. Nitrate Directive
Marian Jaduda