The European Soil Data Centre

The European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC) is the thematic centre for soil related data in Europe.

Its ambition is to be the single reference point for and to host all relevant soil data and information at European level.

See below the various resources, provided by the Centre.

The European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC) contains currently many soil data and information; most of the offered data are at European scale, while, when possible, links to national or global datasets are provided.

Datasets are organized in some broad categories.

  • A first category contains the European Soil Database (ESDB), datasets that have been derived with the help of the ESDB and general European datasets that contain soil properties.
  • A second category offers data that are related to soil threats (erosion, soil organic carbon, landslides, compaction, salinization, soil biodiversity, contaminated sites, soil sealing, etc.)
  • A third category offers soil point data (LUCAS, SPADE, etc).
  • A fourth category contains data that stem from projects.

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A number of mapping services have been developed in order to serve the public user. One Important component of European Soil Data Centre is the Map Viewer which is a web-based application that allows the user to navigate the European Soil Database and other data layers hosted in the European Soil Data Center(ESDAC).

The Map viewer has also been configured as a Web Map Service (WMS), which allows WMS clients to request map layerst which then can be combined with layers coming from other WMS servers, located in other parts of the world. To guarantee interoperability, these services are based on international standards, as promoted by the INSPIRE initiative.

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 In this section, you can download:

  • National Soil Maps (EUDASM): a collection of maps (> 5400) produced in the context of a project called European Digital Archive on Soil Maps of the World (EuDASM). The Digital Archive is a collection of scanned soil maps. The objective was to transfer soil information from maps into digital format, with the maximum resolution possible and  to preserve the information of paper maps that are vulnerable to deterioration.
  • European Soil Database Maps: A collection of maps which represent all attributes that are present in the in the Soil Geographical Database of Eurasia at scale 1:1,000,000 (version 4 beta) and the PedoTransfer Rules Database (version 2.0). All maps are in PDF format (A3). All maps are “dominant value” maps ;
  • Soil Data Maps: Pan European Soil Erosion Risk Assessment, Topsoil Organic Carbon Content (%), European Landslide Susceptibility map, Natural susceptibility to compaction , Saline and Sodic Soils in European Union, pH in Europe

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Over the years, the JRC has produced many publications. These are found in this section. They have been sub-divided in various categories (see Subcategory buttons below). All more than 440 documents can also be inspected irrespective of the category (see ‘All documents’ below).

Publications in Journals include more than 280 published papers from the Soil Group in the JRC. Most of the papers refer to the last 7 years (2013-2020). In many cases the papers document the datasets published in ESDAC. Almost all the publications are Open Access.

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Get familiarized with the following ESDAC Projects:


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Peer review Papers published in International Journals and Magazines.

Publications in Journals include more than 280 published papers from the Soil Group in the JRC. Most of the papers refer to the last 7 years (2013-2020). An important number of papers has been published in high impact factor journals: Nature, Nature Climate Change, Nature Communications, Science Advances, Science, PNAS, Global Change Biology, Science of the Total Environment, etc.

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The ESDAC Newsletter is being published on a regular basis since January 2009, counting 120 copies, until November 2020.

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