Soil and Terrain database (SOTER) for Nepal

SOTER landforms, parent material and dominant soil units for Nepal

The Soil and Terrain database (SOTER) for Nepal, at scale 1:1 million, is a generalisation of Nepal's  Soil and Terrain database (1:50 000) compiled in 2004 by FAO and the Survey Department of Nepal.

ISRIC- World Soil Information compiled the database using the SOTER methodology. Much of the discrimination and characterization of the SOTER units is based on a former land system survey, complemented by data of the 90 m digital elevation model (DEM), derived from Shuttle Radar Topographic Mission (SRTM, more).

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.