Title: WOSSAC (World Soil Survey Archive and Catalogue) 
Resource Type: maps, data, statistics, registers 
Country: United Kingdom 
Year: 2004 
Author 1/Producer: Soil-Net.com 
Author / Producer Type: Non-governmental organisations 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.soil-net.com/wossac/  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Contaminated land overview
Contaminated land-->Remediation options-->Remediation options overview
Contaminated land-->Site investigation-->Site investigation overview
 
Short description: The WOSSAC Project aims to develop an Archive and Catalogue of all substantial soil surveys made by British companies and staff around the world, with a view to ensuring their enduring availability and protection. 
Long description: Large numbers of substantial soil surveys have been made worldwide by British companies over the past 50 years, mainly funded by development assistance donors. A rough estimate, almost certainly on the low side, is that such surveys number many thousand and by today's prices would have cost well over £200 million. This is an extremely valuable bank of international data about soils, their nature, properties and potential use. This large body of information about world soils is now in grave danger of becoming lost, destroyed or generally unavailable as the original donor funding agencies have been subject to reorganisation, and the companies that produced the surveys have been acquired, merged, downsized or closed down, and the soil surveyors themselves are now retiring or deceased. The WOSSAC Project aims to develop an Archive and Catalogue of all substantial soil surveys made by British companies and staff around the world, with a view to ensuring their enduring availability and protection. The WOSSAC project has the support of the British Society of Soil Science and the Tropical Agriculture Association, and is led by Cranfield University’s National Soil Resources Institute. 
Submitted By: Dr Denise Lambkin WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 21/04/2005