The following section provides links to certain soil-related websites operated by Cranfield University, as well as others that may prove of wider interest to readers of Soil-Net.
Welcome to LandIS
LandIS is maintained by Cranfield University's Soils and Agrifood Institute, UK, the leading Institution of soil science and soil-related research in England and Wales.
If you are interested about finding out more about the soils of England and Wales, or obtaining digital datasets, maps, books and publications about soils, then visit http://www.landis.org.uk.
LandIS is operated by Cranfield University, UK and is a central repository and information bank about a huge range of soil and soil-related datasets and information; the largest of its kind in Europe. LandIS has three particular services which may be of interest to you:
Soilscapes Viewer is a free web-based mapping system that allows you to enter a location by Postcode or map grid reference to produce a summary of the soils for that area.
Soil Site Reporter provides a comprehensive environmental report covering a wide range of soil-related maps, facts and illustrations for a given map location or Postcode for a small fee, payable by credit card.
A key resource related to Soil-Net is the World Soil Survey Archive and Catalogue, or WOSSAC. The WOSSAC project revolves around a concern apparent for many years that the huge wealth of information and literature collected over the previous 50-60 years by soil scientists around the world is in great danger of being lost and dispersed and sadly even destroyed as companies and governments change and as individuals retire. The archive and catalogue was therefore established by Cranfield University, together with the initial help of the British Society of Soil Science, to draw together all these materials. We are now holding many thousands of maps, reports, books, field books, survey reports, land assessments, satellite imagery, GIS datasets, photographs (the SoilPIC collection) etc. in the carefully managed storage facility. The initial goal (with advice from the British Library and Cranfield's own University library) has been to create a catalogue of these items according to international standards (MARC21, Dublin Core, ISO19115) and to make this catalogue available over the Internet - a significant task. Have a look!
Related to WOSSAC and Soil-Net is the new 'SoilsWorldwide' soils-related educational resource www.soilsworldwide.net. SoilsWorldwide sets out to provide more detailed soils related information than Soil-Net, and importantly is also the home for the Soils Photographic Image Catalogue (SoilPIC), an online resource of thousands of soil and landscape-related photographs from around our planet representing the astonishing variety of world soil types.
Listed below are a range of other useful soil-related links on the Internet. These sites are external to Soil-Net and are not the responsibility of Soil-Net.
ADAS - A governmental advisory service for agriculture and horticulture.
AFES - Association Francaise pour l'etude du sol; The French Soil Society
AHDB - cereals and oilseeds. The recognised centre of excellence and leader in delivering a co-ordinated range of focused services which are essential to the profitability of the cereals and oilseeds industries.
AIP - Associazione Italiana Pedologi, the Italian association of pedology (in Italian).
DEFRA - UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, home page
EA - Environment Agency for England and Wales. Responsible for the excellent thinksoils resource, a practical guide to soil assessment (thinksoils)
Earth Science Education - The Earth Science Education Unit, based in the School of Public Policy and Professional Practice at Keele University. ESEU provides school-based INSET of a practical nature, for the cost of travel of the facilitator, but with NO fee. The website contains many taster activities for KS2, KS3 and KS4 Earth science workshops (full documents are given out on a free CD ROM when CPD is delivered).
UK Safari - an excellent website for anyone interested in the wildlife and countryside of Britain.
Underground Adventure - a fascinating website from the FieldMuseum.org. There's more to soil than meets the eye. The world of soil is a rich habitat for many amazing creatures. What do you think life would be like if you lived underground? Go to Underground Adventure to find out!
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