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Abstract

The users and developers of the SOTER database have accumulated many suggestions for improvement of the Soil and TERrain (SOTER) Procedure Manual since the last Manual was published in 1995. Meanwhile, new technology and data sources have become available for database development. Digital soil mapping technology advances very fast and provides many new quantitative approaches for surveyors of natural resources.
The work presented here has taken advantage from the emerging digital soil mapping technology and the 90 m resolution Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (STRM) digital elevation model (DEM) for the development of a quantitative procedure for (SOTER Terrain Unit delineation. The target scales were 1:1 and 1:5 million. The procedure is based on the SOTER Manual specifications and is meant to be compatible with the datasets formally developed using the traditional way. Meanwhile, suggested changes regarding the Terrain Units delineation have already been implemented.

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Authors: DOBOS E, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);DAROUSSIN J, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);MONTANARELLA L, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21571 EN (2004), 55pp. Free of charge
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