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Global Soil Organic Carbon Estimates


You will find the organic carbon density (t ha-1) for the topsoil (0 – 30cm) and the subsoil layer (30 – 100cm) from the amended HWSD. The Global Soil Organic Carbon estimates are available in 2 different grid resolutions (ZIP compression):

R. Hiederer, M. Kochy 2012. Global Soil Organic Carbon Estimates and the Harmonized World Soil Database. EUR Scientific and Technical Research series – ISSN 1831-9424 (online), ISSN 1018-5593 (print), ISBN 978-92-79-23108-7, doi:10.2788/1326


Joint Research Centre - European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC)
ID 49030
Date - Time Thu, 11/25/2021 - 14:11
Name of User Wasim Bagwan
Organization PAH Solapur University, Solapur
Type of Organization University
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Purpose It will be used for Soil Erosion Assessment, SOC can be used to detect SOM in the soil and necessary data to estimate K factor of RUSLE.

When making reference to the ESDAC

  • Panagos P., Van Liedekerke M., Jones A., Montanarella L., “European Soil Data Centre: Response to European policy support and public data requirements”; (2012) Land Use Policy, 29 (2), pp. 329-338. doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2011.07.003
  • European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC),, European Commission, Joint Research Centre