Datasets

The European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC) contains currently many soil data and information; most of the offered data are at European scale, while, when possible, links to national or global datasets are provided. 

Datasets are organized in some broad categories.

  • A first category contains the European Soil Database (ESDB), datasets that have been derived with the help of the ESDB and general European datasets that contain soil properties.
  • A second category offers data that are related to soil threats (erosion, soil organic carbon, landslides, compaction, salinization, soil biodiversity, contaminated sites, soil sealing, etc.)
  • A third category offers soil point data (LUCAS, SPADE, etc)
  • A fourth category contains data that stem from projects.

Some datasets can be freely downloaded; others will be made accessible after prior registration, through a fill-in form, indicated by the  button.

More information about some of the datasets in the European Soil Data Centre can be found in the following publications: 

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Title: European Soil Database v2.0 (vector and attribute data)
Resource Type:
Registration requested: Request Form
Year: 2001
Publisher: European Commission –- DG JRC

Title: European Soil Database v2 Raster Library 1kmx1km
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Year: 2006
Publisher: European Commission – DG JRC


Title: LUCAS 2015 Topsoil data of Switzerland
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Author: Oihane Fernandez Ugalde, Arwyn Jones, R.G. Meuli
Year: 2019
Publisher: European Commission - Joint Research Centre

Title: Global Soil Erosion
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Country: IT
Year: 2019
Publisher: Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
Language: en

Title: Soil loss due to crop harvesting in the European Union
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Year: 2019
Publisher: Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
Language: en

Title: Maps of heavy metals in the soils of the EU, based on LUCAS 2009 HM data
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Author: Gergely Toth et al.
Year: 2018

Title: Carbon budget in the EU agricultural soils
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Year: 2018
Publisher: Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
Language: en

Title: Biodiversity factor in soil erosion.
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Year: 2018
Publisher: Joint Research Centre of the European Commission
Language: en

Title: Soil profile analytical database 14 (SPADE 14)
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Year: 2018
Language: en

Title: Copper distribution in topsoils in the European Union
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Year: 2018
Publisher: Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

Title: Soil GHG fluxes using LUCAS soil-DayCent (for EU)
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Year: 2018


Title: WRB Data for the Soil Atlas of the Northern Circumpolar Region
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Year: 2018
Publisher: European Commission - Joint Research Centre

Title: Global Rainfall Erosivity
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Country: IT
Author: Panos Panagos, Cristiano Ballabio
Year: 2017
Publisher: European Commission, Joint research Centre
Language: en

Title: 3D Soil Hydraulic Database of Europe at 1 km and 250 m resolution
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Author: Brigitta Tóth, Melanie Weynants, László Pásztor, Tomislav Hengl
Year: 2017
Publisher: Wiley Online Library

Title: N2O emissions from agricultural soils in Europe
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Author: Emanuele Lugato
Year: 2017
Publisher: European Commission - DG JRC


Title: Maps indicating the availability of Raw Material from soils in the European Union.
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Author: Gergely Tóth, Ciro Gardi, Katalin Bódis, Éva Ivits, Ece Aksoy, Arwyn Jones, Simon Jeffrey, Thorum Petursdottir and Luca Montanarella, European Commission
Year: 2016

Title: Soil Organic Carbon (SOC) Projections for Europe
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Author: Yusuf Yigini and Panos Panagos, European Commission
Year: 2016

Title: European map of soil suitability to provide a platform for most human activities (EU28)
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Author: Tamas Hermann, Gergely Toth of the European Commission JRC
Year: 2016

Title: Maps of preservation capacity of cultural artefacts and buried materials in soils in the EU
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Author: Mark Kibblewhite, Cranfield University, Gergely Toth, European Commission, Tamas Hermann, European Commission
Year: 2016
Publisher: European Soil Data Centre

Title: Maps of the Storing and Filtering Capacity of Soils in Europe
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Author: András Makó, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Mihály Kocsis, University of Pannonia, Gyöngyi Barna, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Gergely Tóth, European Commission
Year: 2015
Publisher: European Commission

Title: Maps of indicators of soil hydraulic properties for Europe
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Country: IT
Author: Gergely Toth, Melanie Weynants
Year: 2016
Publisher: JRC - European Commission

Title: Soil Organic Carbon - Saturation Capacity in Europe
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Author: Emanuele Lugato, Joint Research Centre European Commission
Year: 2016