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The Agricultural Information Systems Unit (the MARS project) in the Institute for Remote Sensing Applications of the EC's Joint Research Centre has been working in cooperation with DGs VI and XI to provide a better comprehensive database on the soils of the European Union. In the early stages, a basic paper map of soil units was digitised at a scale of 1:1,000,000 and introduced into a GIS. To this was added information from archives of national soils information and the results have been submitted to experts from each of the member countries for verification and harmonisation of cross-border soil classifications. In order to make the database useful for a broader range of applications, it is also being expanded to add a representative profile to the basic definition of each of the more common soil types. This work is nearing completion. The next phase of work includes improvement of the spatial accuracy of the dataset as well as expansion of its coverage into central and eastern Europe.

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Authors: BURRILL A, JRC Ispra (IT);KING D, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, Ardon Olivet (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: EUROCARTO XI, Kiruna (SE), December 8-12, 1993
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 37918 ORA
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