Africa Soil Profiles Database (version 1.0)

ISRIC World Soil Information is compiling legacy soil profile data of Sub Saharan Africa, as a project activity of the AfSIS project (Globally integrated Africa Soil Information Service).

Africa Soil Profiles database, version. 1.0 (April 2012) identifies > 15700 unique soil profiles inventoried from a wide variety of data sources. From the > 14600 profiles that are geo-referenced, soil layer attribute data are available for > 12500 and soil analytical data for > 10000 profiles. The database includes, but is not limited, to the soil attributes specified by Soil attribute values are standardized according to e-SOTER conventions and validated according to routine rules. Odd values are flagged. The degree of validation, and associated reliability of the data, varies because reference soil profile data, that are previously and thoroughly validated, are compiled together with non-reference soil profile data of lesser inherent representativeness.

Updated milestone versions of the dataset have been posted online and made available to the project serving as input to the soil property maps generated by AfSIS ( The continuously growing dataset will also be made available through the World Soil Information Service upon continuation of the project activity. The version is released here is version 1.0. , the latest version is 1.1

Further information:

Correct citation: Leenaars J.G.B., 2012. Africa Soil Profiles Database, Version 1.0. A compilation of geo-referenced and standardized legacy soil profile data for Sub Saharan Africa (with dataset). ISRIC report 2012/03. Africa Soil Information Service (AfSIS) project and ISRIC – World Soil Information, Wageningen, the Netherlands.

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