Development of a soil and terrain database for Southern Africa (SOTERSAF)


Harmonisation of Soil and Terrain Information for the Southern African Region (SOTER-SAF)- Compilation of a regional SOTER and assessment of land suitability, land degradation risk, and changes in land qualities resulting from land use change. Funded by FAO, ISRIC and UNEP

The spatial and attribute soil and terrain database for 8 Southern African countries, at scale 1:2 million, was compiled according to the SOTER methodology, using existing information . It forms a part of the ongoing ctivities of ISRIC, FAO and UNEP to update the world's baseline information on natural resources.

It involved collaboration with national soil institutes from the countries in the region as well as individual experts.

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.