eSoter Danube

On 5-6 February 2015, JRC organized a workshop to start the development of a 1:250,000 soil database for the Danube Basin using eSOTER methodology.

The main scope of the meeting was for the representatives of national soil data institutions to be informed of the methodology underpinning the development of the new harmonised soil database for the Danube Basin, to indicate specific elements that you would value as attributes and establish a feasible roadmap and timetable for implementation. Key researchers from the eSOTER FP7 project outlined the general approach and specific elements that underpin the methodology.

Country representatives summarised the state of digital soil data products for their country in relation to a target scale of 1:250,000, also summarising associated attribute tables and soil profile databases.

Background material for the meeting was the SOTER manual, as revised after the eSOTER project: isric_report_2013_04.pdf

Agenda of the meeting

Meeting Presentations

Country Presentations


(September 2017)

Following this meeting, the JRC investigated through the contacts of this workshop for the 14 countries that are officially part of the Danube Strategy (9 EU countries: Croatia Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Romania; and 5 non-EU countries: Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Ukraine and Moldova) which organizations could deliver data in the process of the development of a Danube Database, and who are the contact points. The result of this investigation is compiled in this SOTER-Danube-contacts-for-soil-data document.


SOTER Database at scale 1:250,000 for the 14 countries of the Danube Strategy 

(October 2017)

The JRC intends to develop a soil database at scale 1:250,000 according to the SOTER methodology for the territory that covers the Danube Basin, more specifically for the 14 countries that are part of the Danube Strategy (9 EU countries: Croatia, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Romania; and 5 non-EU countries: Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Ukraine and Moldova).

To this end, a shapefile with Terrain Units has been prepared. Soil data, as requested by the latest version of the SOTER Procedures Manual (version 2.0), for the Terrain Units covering the 14 countries will be collected and will populate a database (in MicroSoft Access) that is conform to the SOTER Procedures Manual v2.0. Note that in the EU-funded project eSOTER, an example of such a database can be found (corresponding to earlier versions of the Procedures Manual) 

  • The Terrain Units shapefile that will be used as the basis for this work, together with a short description can be found here (Danube_Terrain_Units).
  • Auxiliary data (the outline of the Danube basin, and a country-boundary shapefile for the 14 countries) (Danube-basin-outline-and-14countries-boundaries) can be found here. Note that these data are informative only and should only be used for personal purpose. Re-dissemination or use in publications of these data is not allowed.
  • The creation of the MicroSoft Access database structure, the collection of the soil data for the 14 countries and the population of the database structure is the subject of a procurment procedure launched by the European Commission "Collection of soil data in SOTER format from 14 Danube strategy countries, at scale 1:250 000". All information concerning this call can be found here. (time limit for receipt of tenders: 15 December 2017)

(January 2019)

In December 2018, the JRC awarded a contract to a project team led by Cranfield University (UK), together with ISRIC (NL) and the Svent Istvan University (HU). The contract seeks to undertake the task of data collection according to procedures set out in the technical specifications of the contract, in cooperation with representatives from each of the 14 states that are in the Danube Strategy.

It is the intention of the JRC that, at the end of the contract, a completed, MS-Access and corresponding INSPIRE compliant SOTER soil database for the whole Danube Basin territory will be publically available from ESDAC.

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