WoSIS - Contributing institutions and experts
The development of WoSIS (World Soil Information Service) has been made possible thanks to the contributions and shared knowledge of a steadily growing number of data providers, including soil survey organisations, research institutes and individual experts. We gratefully acknowledge their contributions and look forward to new contributions!
Distribution of soil profile data
There are still many soil geographical and soil taxonomic gaps in WoSIS. Should you desire to contribute soil profile data to the global WoSIS and related SoilGrids effort please contact us and we will be happy to assist.
Location of soil profiles provided with the ' WoSIS September 2019 snapshot'
All data shared with us are first stored 'as is' in the ISRIC Data Repository. Subsequently, the profile data are quality-assessed and standardised using consistent WoSIS procedures. Ultimately, the licence specified by the various data providers will determine how ISRIC may share the standardised data with you. There are two options for this as described below:
A) The standardised data are made freely available to the international community (i.e. geo-locations may be shown; distributed via 'wosis-latest').
B) The standardised data themselves are NOT made available to the international community (e.g. geo-locations may not be shown). In this case, in accord with the licences specified by the data providers, the standardised point data may only be used by ISRIC (WDC-Soils) for producing SoilGrids and similar products (i.e. output as a result of advanced data processing); the latter 'derived-products' are made freely available to the international community.
For category A, the shared data sets are broadly grouped by continent. For many datasets, in particular compilations, the names of the contributing organisations/individuals may be found in the technical reports that accompany the various data sets.
- Burkina Faso, a selection of topsoil data for a 580 km2 watershed in SW Burkina Faso (url).
- Burundi, soil profile data compiled for SOTER-CAF (SOTER: Soil and Terrain Database).
- Congo (Dem. Rep.), a set of soil profile data compiled for SOTER-CAF.
- Ghana soil profile database, compiled by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research - Soil Research Institute, Kumasi (url)
- Kenya, a selection of soil profiles compiled for SOTER projects in Kenya (SOTER-KE, SOTER-UT).
- Malawi, a selection of soil profiles for SOTER-MW.
Tunisia, a selection of soil profiles compiled for SOTER-TN.
Rwanda, a selection of soil profile data collated for SOTER-CAF.
'Southern Africa', a compilation of soil profiles for SOTER-SAF (includes Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe)
Senegal and the Gambia, a compilation of soil profiles for SOTER-SN&GM.
South Africa, a compilation of profiles for SOTER-ZA.
- Africa Soil Profile Database (AfSP), a set of legacy soil profile data compiled at ISRIC in conjunction with the AfSIS (Africa Soil Information Service) project.
- Topsoil data for Africa sampled and analysed in the framework of the AfSIS project.
- Topsoil data for Africa, collated and shared by Africa OneAcreFund (url).
China, a set of soil profile data compiled in the framework of SOTER-CN.
Cambodia, national soil data set shared by the Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI).
Indonesia, a selection of peat profiles for West Kalimantan (url).
Nepal, a selection of soil profiles collated for SOTER-NP.
Australia (or Oceania)
- Australia, Soil and Landscape Grid of Australia; for collaborating agencies see here.
- Belgium, historic soil profiles for Flanders, Vlaamse overheid, Departement LNE, Dienst Land en Bodembescherming (url); soil data for Belgian Uplands (url).
- 'Central and Eastern Europe' , a set of soil profiles compiled by the SOVEUR project (includes Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Repubic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine; for contributors see here).
- Netherlands a selection of soil profiles from SIS provided by Wageningen Environmental Research) and from a PhD thesis (B. Kempen).
- Portugal, a collection of soil profile data (INFOSOLO) provided through Technical University of Lisbon and partners.
- Russia, a collection of soil profile data compiled by Soil Institute V.V. Dokuchaeva.
- Scotland, a selection of soil profiles collated during the National Soil Inventory (NSIS1).
- Switzerland, a large soil profile database collated by NABODAT.
- Soil data from EuroGeoSurveys, compiled by Geological survey of Finland (url).
- Soil data collated for geochemical mapping of agricultural and grazing land at the continental scale, prepared by Geological Survey of Norway (url),
- Soil profile data for selected countries in Europe (SPADE), prepared by Joint Research Centre of the European Commission - European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC).
North America (including Mexico)
Mexico, soil profile data made available by Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y Geografiá (INEGI), Mexico.
USA, a large collection of soil profile data shared by the National Cooperative Soil Survey, National Cooperative Soil Characterization Database (NCSS, NRCS, for data see here); includes some 1100 'international profiles').
South America (and the Caribbean)
- Argentina, a collection of soil profile data compiled for SOTER-AR.
- National soil profile data compiled by Cooper et al. 2005 and ESALQ-USP.
- Soil property database of the Amazon part from the RADAMBRASIL project: compiled by Bernoux et al. 2003, CENA-USP as shared in the framework of the GEFSOC project.
- Regional data sets: a) Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, compiled by Eliana De Sousa; b) Data compilation prepared by Alessandro Samuel Rosa (see OLSDB ).
- Costa Rica, soil profile data compiled by Universidad de Centro de investigaciones Agronómicas (url)
- Cuba, a collection of soil profiles collated for SOTER-CU.
- SOTER-LAC, a compilation of soil profile data for Latin America and the Caribbean.
World covering compilations:
- ISCN-3, a large soil data set compiled by the International Soil Carbon Network; for contributors see the ISCN website.
- ISRIC Soil Information System (ISIS), a collection of soil reference profiles for the world; for main contributors see NASREC and SOLEX.
- ISRIC World Inventory of Soil Emission Potentials (WISE), a global set of soil profile data contributed by a wide range of data providers.
- 'World Mangoves", a global compilation of soil profile data (url).
- Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO): various inputs mainly, through SOTER and WISE-related projects (see HWSD).
- UNEP, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), various inputs mainly through regional SOTER activities.
Category B (Profile data standardised according to regular WoSIS workflow. However, the standardised data may only be used by ISRIC to generate SoilGrids and similar products (i.e. output as a result of advanced data processing). As such, these point data are not publicly available, only the 'derived products' (visualizations, maps) themselves.
- Argentina, a collection of soil profile data compiled at the National Agricultural Technology Institute (INTA) in the framework of the 'Space time modelling of SOC changes project' (TNC) project; the majority of these observations are from the Argentinian SISINTA soil database.
- Australia, Soil and Landscape Grid, state of Victoria(see here).
- Burundi, a set of topsoil data collated by IFDC-ISABU and MdAdE (url, pdf).
- Croatia, soil profile data from the national soil database (url)
- Europe, LUCAS topsoil survey data inventory, 2009 round (url), coordinated by Joint Research Centre of the European Commission - European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC).
- Ghana, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanazania, a collection of topsoil data collected by Vital Signs.
- Ireland, a selection of soil profile data provided by Teagasc (Agriculture and Food Development Authority).
- Iran, a collection of soil profile data excavated and described in the 1990's (url).
- Rwanda, a set of topsoil data collated by IFDC (Intenational Fertilizer Development Center) and Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (
RAB) the framework of the CATALIST-2 Project (url)
- Tanzania, a collection of soil data collated by the National Forest Service in the framework of the NAFORMA (National Forest Resources Monitoring and Assessment) project.
- Uganda, a set of topsoil data collated by the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) in the framework of the CATALIST-Uganda project.
- A dataset of organic soils from the tropics compiled by CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research) staff.
a) New data contributions will be processed as soon as possible, and this generally in sequence of their receipt at ISRIC. We apologise if your submissions have not yet been listed here or if they have been cited wrongly. Similarly, other issues will be addressed as soon as we are informed about them (e.g. licence-related).
b) Several databases (e.g. WISE, AfSP and SOTER) were compiled in collaboration with numerous partners. In so far as possible, these have been listed/acknowledged in the technical reports that accompany these databases. Duplicate profiles arising in compilations are flagged in the WoSIS workflow.