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.
Data providers can define these terms in dataset-specific Letters of Agreement (Download template).
In this category, the source data sets are broadly grouped by continent. For many source 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).
- Cameroon, a selection of soil profile data compiled by Takoutsing, Bertin (ICRAF) in the framework of his PhD thesis.
- 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.
Soil and terrain database (SOTER-NA) compiled by Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development, Windhoek.
Soil dataset for the Otjozondjupa Region, compiled by International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (url).
Soil dataset for the Omustasi region, compiled by Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry Soil Laboratory (url).
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.
Tunesia, a compilation of soil profile data by Division du Reboisement et de la Protection des Sols (CRDA de Nabeul) in the framework of the GSP-GSOC project
Zambia, a compilation of soil profile data prepared by Zambian Soils Research Team the context of GSOC map.
- 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).
Bhutan, soil profiles shared by the National Soil Services Centre (NSSC), Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Thimphu .
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).
Kazakhstan, a compilation of soil profile data by Nazarbayev University (url).
Mongolia, a compilation of soil profile data prepared by the Mongolian University of Life sciences (Darkham-Uulfor) in the context of GSOC map.
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).
- Spain, soil physical and chemical characteristics from the CARBOSOL database.
- Switzerland, a large soil profile dataset collated by NABODAT (Swiss Soil Dataset, Version 3.0 (nov. 2018)).
- 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 ).
- HYBRAS, a selection of data from the Hydrophysical Database for Brazilian Soils.
- Chili, a compilation of soil profile data from Chili (CHLSOC) .
- 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: Includes profile data standardised according to regular WoSIS workflow. However, the standardised data may only be used by ISRIC WDC-Soils 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 selection 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).
- Bolivia, a compilation of soil profile data by Viceministerio de Tierra in the framework of the GSP-GSOC project
- Burundi, a set of topsoil data collated by IFDC-ISABU and Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MINAGRIE).
- Chili, a compilation of soil profile data by Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero, Departamento De Suelos, in the framework of the GSP-GSOC project
- Costa Rica, a compilation of soil profile data by Instituto Nacional de Innovación y Transferencia en Tecnología Agropecuaria (INTA), in the framework of the GSP-GSOC project
- Croatia: soil profile data from the national soil database (url)
- Cuba, a compilation of soil profile data by Instituto de Suelos, Ministerio de Agricultura, in the framework of the GSP-GSOC project
- 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.
- Wales (UK), 'Topsoil physico-chemical properties from the Glastir Monitoring and Evaluation Programme, Wales 2013-2016'. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.
- Zambia, a compilation of soil profile data by the Zambian Soils Research Team made in the framework of the GSP-GSOC project
- Europe, LUCAS topsoil survey data inventory, 2009 round (url), coordinated by Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (with updates).
- 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. license-related).
b) As of June 2022, wosis_latest includes 217,000 point data with A-type licenses, i.e. about 21,000 new data points vis a vis the preceding '2019 version'. In addition to this, about 27,000 point data with type B-licenses were processed: as such, there are now 281,000 point data to support the next SoilGrids250m update. The newly added profiles, about 48,000 in total (including both A and B license type), come mainly from Cuba (16.3k), Chile (13.6k), Spain (6.6k), Bolivia (4.4k), Costa Rica, Tunisia, Brazil, Zambia, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Indonesia, Cameroon, Mongolia (112), Namibia (106k) and Kazakhstan (40). Inherently, there are numerous gaps in the provided data depending on the purpose of the original surveys (as discussed here).
c) The next WoSIS ingestion round will consider those profiles that were shared with ISRIC between January 2021 to May 2022, as well as new profiles shared in the framework of the EU Holisoils project, with special attention for Forest soils in Europe.
d) 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.