WoSIS - Cooperating 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!


There are still many soil geographical and soil taxonomic gaps in WoSIS. Should you desire to contribute soil profile data to the global WoSIS effort please contact us and we will be happy to assist.



Status October 2018 : Red dots, served by WFS (98,776 profiles); green dots, in standardization process (Canadian Soil Information Service; Canadian Upland Forest Soil Carbon Database; Forest Ecosystem Carbon Database, and Canada Soil Profile Database, in total 12,170 profiles); blue dots, import stage (Soil and Landscape Grid of Australia DSM project; 274,495 profiles).

Not shown is the selection of soil profile data held in our repository, with adequate licences (i.e. less restrictive than CC-BY, CC-BY-NC), that we could not yet process/standardise due to time constraints.


Data providers whose contributions have been standardised in WoSIS:

  • Africa Soil Profiles Database (AfSP).

  • Soil and Landscape Grid of Australia (for collaborating agencies see http://www.clw.csiro.au/aclep/soilandlandscapegrid/Partners.html)  

  • Belgium, historic soil profiles Flanders (Aardewerk-Vlaanderen-2010, Vlaamse overheid, Departement LNE, dienst Land en Bodembescherming).

  • Bhutan, National Soil Services Centre (NSSC), Ministry of Agriculture & Forests, Thimphu.

  • Brazilian national soil profile data (compiled by Cooper et al. 2005, ESALQ-USP).

  • Brazilian-Amazon: Soil properties database of the Amazon part from the RADAMBRASIL project (compiled by Bernoux et al. 2003, CENA-USP; data shared in the framework of the GEFSOC project).

  • Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI).

  • Canadian Soil Information Service (CanSIS), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Government of Canada (see: http://wms1.agr.gc.ca/xgeng/pedon.zip ; http://sis.agr.gc.ca/cansis/).

  • Canadian Upland Forest Soil Carbon Database (May 2016 version), Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest, Service, Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, Alberta (http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/forests/research-centres/nofc/13485) .

  • Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO): various inputs through SOTER and WISE-related projects (see HWSD).    

  • Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y Geografiá (INEGI), Mexico.

  • International Soil Carbon Network (ISCN, for contributors see the ISCN website).

  • ISRIC Soil Information System (ISIS, for contributors see NASREC programme).

  • ISRIC World Inventory of Soil Emission Potentials (WISE) soil profile database (for contributors see here).

  • SOTER-AR, Soil and Terrain Database for Argentina.

  • SOTER-CAF, Soil and Terrain Database for Central Africa

  • SOTER-CN, Soil and Terrain Database for China

  • SOTER-CU, Soil and Terrain Database for Cuba.

  • SOTER-EUR, Soil and Terrain Database for Central and Eastern Europe (for contributors see SOVEUR project).

  • SOTER-KE, Soil and terrain database for Kenya .

  • SOTER-KET, Soil and Terrain Database for Upper Tana River Catchment .

  • SOTER-LAC, Soil and Terrain Database for Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • SOTER-MW, Soil and Terrain Database for Malawi.

  • SOTER-NP; Soil and Terrain Database for Nepal.

  • SOTER-TN, Soil and Terrain Database for Tunisia.

  • SOTER-SAF, Soil and Terrain Database for Southern Africa.

  • SOTER-SN&GM, Soil and Terrain Database for Senegal and the Gambia.

  • SOTER-ZA, Soil and Terrain Database for South Africa.

  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP, various inputs through regional SOTER activities).

  • USA: National Cooperative Soil Survey, National Cooperative Soil Characterization Database (NCSS; see: http://ncsslabdatamart.sc.egov.usda.gov/ ;  NRCS, see http://sdmdataaccess.nrcs.usda.gov/).


Data providers whose contributions still have to be standardised in WoSIS*:


*  New data contributions will be processed as soon as possible, and this generally in sequence of their receipt at ISRIC. 

** Procedures for importing and standardising soil data derived from proximal sensing are under development.