Soil and Terrain database (SOTER) for China (ver.1.0)


The Soil and Terrain database (SOTER) of China, at scale 1:1 M, has been compiled by the Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Science (ISSAS) and ISRIC-World Soil Information in the framework of the Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands (LADA, GLADA) project .

The primary data wetre compiled using the SOTER methodology; SOTER unit delineation was based on the raster format of the soil map of China, correlated and converted to FAO's Revised Legend (1988), combined with SOTER landform characterization derived from Shuttle Radar Topographic Mission (SRTM) 90 m digital elevation model (DEM).

The SOTER information is presented in shapefile format, while the attribute database is available in tabular Microsoft Access and SQlite format. An overview of the data layers is provided in an ESRI ArcGIS ArcMap document (.mxd) and in a Google Earth file (.kmz).

View the SOTER in Google Earth: click here.