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.

On top of the list below, there is also a handy one-page overview of all datasaets publicly available in ESDAC: the name (and link) for the dataset and a short abstract.

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: Support to Renewable Energy Directive
Resource Type:
Year: 2010
Publisher: JRC

Title: Desertification risk in Greece
Resource Type:
Country: GR
Year: 2018
Publisher: Joint Research Centre and Agricultural University of Athens
Language: en

Title: Heavy Metals in topsoils
Resource Type:
Year: 2008

Title: Progress in the management of contaminated sites in Europe
Resource Type:
Year: 2013
Publisher: European Commission

Title: SPADE/M
Resource Type:
Year: 2004

Title: European Reference Grids
Resource Type:
Year: 2009

Title: Biochar Meta-analysis Database
Resource Type:
Year: 2012
Publisher: Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

Title: ECALP: Ecopedological Map of the Alps
Resource Type:
Year: 2005
Publisher: European Commission - DG JRC