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The 1,250,000 georeferenced soil database of Europe will provide precise and harmonized soils information for the Directorate Generals of the European Commission, for the European Environment Agency, for interested institutions in Member States and for international organizations. It will allow for an effective exchange of data, for standardization of methodologies of data storage and retrieval, and for establishing co-operation towards rational land across national boundaries.

The purposes of the present manual are:

- to define the structure and contents of the database
- to describe the methods of georeferencing the data
- to outline suggested procedures for regional mapping and sampling programmes
- to prescribe a format for data storage
- to ensure the inter-regional and inter-country harmonization of data acquisition, processing and interpretation
- to pave the way for the creation of a user friendly soil database which will cater for present and future demands for specific soils information.

Additional information

Authors: CONSTANTINI E A C (EDITOR), Istituto Sperimentale per lo Studio e la Difesa del Suolo, Firenze (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 18092 IT (1999) 176 pp.
Availability: Available free of charge from Documentation Service JRC Ispra
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