Title: Soil Atlas of Europe 
Resource Type: maps, data, statistics, registers 
Country: European Union 
Year: 2006 
Availability: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities , Luxembourg 
Author 1/Producer: European Commission 
Other Authors/Producers: European Soil Bureau Network 
Author / Producer Type: Agency, regulator or other governmental or inter-governmental body 
ISBN: ISBN 10 928948120X 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://eusoils.jrc.it/projects/soil_atlas/index.html  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Soil-->Soil Overview
Short description: What is the Soil Atlas? The atlas is the result of a collective effort by more the 40 National soil surveys and soil science institutions cooperating across Europe within the European Soil Bureau Network (ESBN). This network, established by the JRC in 1989, has formalised already existing collaborations among soil surveys already initiated in 1959 by the UN FAO as the first steps towards a common soil map for the European Union. The main European added value of the ESBN has been the joint effort towards bringing together soil information collected in separate European countries, using very different methodologies, standards and scientific backgrounds, into one single geographic information system (GIS) while demonstrating that, at least for soil science, a “Europe without borders” is possible. Lengthy cross-border harmonisation sessions between bordering countries have resulted in a common fully harmonised soil geographical database of Europe at a nominal scale of 1:1,000,000. This database has allowed the production of the maps that are at the heart of the new “Soil Atlas of Europe”. 
Link to Organisation(s): JRC Joint Research Centre ISPRA
Submitted By: Professor Paul Bardos WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 19/10/2006