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European soil data and their interpretation for policy support: Status and future perspectives

Funded under: FP5


One of the main challenges for European soil science is to bridge the existing gap between the soil information available within the scientific community and the data needs for supporting the policy making process at European level. The main task of the European Soil Bureau (ESB) is to build the necessary interface between the scientific community and the policy making process in order to bridge this gap. The European Soil Information System (EUSIS) is one of the tools developed for this purpose. The EUSIS consists of a geographic dataset, a semantic dataset, a soil profile analytical database, a soil hydraulic parameters database and a knowledge database in a fully integrated geographic information system (GIS) within the European Geographic Information Infrastructure (EGII). It is located at the Joint Research Centre (JRC), Ispra, Italy. Its aim is the establishment of a common framework at continental scale for the sustainable use of the soil resources in Europe and to provide harmonised soil information relevant to Community policies, its relevant General Directorates (DGs), to the European Environment Agency (EEA) and to concerned Institutions of the EU Member States. It allows a number of applications relevant to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and to the Environmental Policy of the European Union.

Additional information

Authors: MONTANARELLA L, European Commission. Joint Research Centre, Space Applications Institute, Agriculture and Regional Information Systems, European Soil Bureau, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: EUROSOIL 2000 Reading (UK) 4-6 August 2000
Availability: Available from European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Public Relations and Publications Unit, Brussels (BE)
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