In order to ensure the provision of robust data and information
on the state of the environment for the development
of environmental policies at European Union level,
the European Commission’s DG Environment (ENV),
DG Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Eurostat, together
with the European Environment Agency (EEA), together
called “Group of four” (Go4), have decided at the end
of 2005 on the establishment of “Environmental Data Centres”.
These data centres work in support of DG ENV,
which formulates at regular times its data requirements.
As part of a joint system and covering the thematic aspects
of soil and soil related applications within the EU,
the European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC) has been
established within the JRC. ESDAC constitutes the
primary focal point for DG ENV for data and information
on soil related issues, fulfilling DG ENV’s data and
information needs. The role and features of ESDAC are evolving
over time in line with the ongoing developments in Europe concerning
soil related issues.
The platform that presents soil data and information at EU level
is fully operational at http://esdac.jrc.ec.europa.eu