ISRIC Report 2008/02: ISRIC-WISE harmonized global soil profile dataset (ver. 3.1)

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Version 3.1 of the ISRIC-WISE database (WISE3) was compiled from a wide range of soil profile data collected by many soil professionals worldwide. All profiles have been harmonized with respect to the original Legend (1974) and Revised Legend (1988) of FAO-Unesco. Thereby, the primary soil data - and any secondary data derived from them - can be linked using GIS to the spatial units of the Soil Map of the World as well as more recent Soil and Terrain (SOTER) databases through the soil legend code.

WISE3 holds selected attribute data for 10,253 soil profiles, with some 47,800 horizons, from 149 countries. Individual profiles have been sampled, described, and analyzed according to methods and standards in use in the originating countries. There is no uniform set of properties for which all profiles have analytical data, generally because only selected measurements were planned during the original surveys. Methods used for laboratory determinations of specific soil properties vary between laboratories and over time. Sometimes, results for the same property cannot be compared directly. WISE3 will inevitably include gaps, being a compilation of legacy soil data derived from traditional soil survey. These can be of a taxonomic, geographic, and soil analytical nature. As a result, the amount of data available for modelling is sometimes much less than expected. Adroit use of the data, however, will permit a wide range of agricultural and environmental applications at a global and continental scale (1:500 000 and broader).

Keywords: soil profiles, legacy data, global dataset, modelling, ISRIC-WISE database
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Batjes Niels H.
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