Soil and terrain database (SOTER) for South Africa (ver. 1.0)

SOTER units for South Africa

The Soil and Terrain database (SOTER) for South Africa, at scale 1:1 M, was compiled from the SOTER database for Southern Africa (SOTERSAF, 1:2 M) in the framework of the Land Degradation Assessment in Drylands (LADA, GLADA)  program.

The initial dataset was compiled by the Institute of Soil, Climate and Water (ISCW), Pretoria, in 2003 using the  SOTER  methodology. The SOTER database was restructured and the GIS files wer slightly modified by ISRIC, using the 90 m digital elevation model (DEM) derived from Shuttle Radar Topographic Mission (SRTM, GIS procedures for mapping SOTER).

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.