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Scotland's Soil Data

Moasic of soil maps and press cuttings
Soil Mapping is one of the pillars to the challenge of sustainable development - Jeffrey Sachs, 2009

To view a wide range of soil and land capability maps online please visit Scotland's Soils website or the National Library of Scotland where you can view a selection of the published 1:63,360 (1 inch to the mile) scale maps. A number of soil datasets can be downloaded from the James Hutton Institute website including:

Soil maps

Soil maps display the distribution of different soil types across the land based on what you can see in the field. The amount of detail shown on a map depends on its scale. For example, smaller scale maps (e.g. 1:250,000) will show less detail than larger scale maps (e.g. 1:25,000).  Below you can access the data from two small-scale national maps - the 1:250,000 National Soil Map of Scotland and Scotland’s soils classified according to the World Reference Base (WRB). More detailed 1:25,000 maps are also available for much of Scotland’s cultivated agricultural soils and the adjacent uplands and only provide partial cover of Scotland. The data is made available under an open data licence available from here.

Data set Shape file Associated data Metadata
1:25,000 Soil Map (partial cover) Updated 19th April '18! zipped shapefile   Metadata
1:250,000 Soil Map (National Soil Map) zipped shapefile Soil map unit proportions.xls
SSKIB.xlsx
Metadata
World Reference Base (WRB) Map zipped shapefile   Metadata

National Soils Inventory for Scotland - Point data

The National Soil Inventory of Scotland (NSIS 1978-88) dataset was collected at sampling points arranged on a 10 km grid across the country. Each sampling point is described and a wide range of soil properties are measured and analysed. These range from contextual information describing the surrounding landscape (such as slope and vegetation), down to detailed chemical analyses of each horizon within the soil profile. There are 721 sites in total.

Data set Shape file Metadata
National Soils Inventory for Scotland (NSIS1) zipped shapefile Included in download
Parent material zipped shapefile Included in download
Topsoil lead concentration zipped shapefile Included in download
Topsoil zinc concentration zipped shapefile Included in download

Thematic Maps and Capability maps

Thematic maps show the distribution of a specific soil property or theme, such as topsoil organic carbon content or soil texture.

Capability maps use soil data along with information on other properties, such as climate or landscape, to classify the land for a specific purpose such as the Land Capability for Agriculture Classification (LCA) – an assessment of the capacity of land to produce food.

Data set Shape file Metadata
Topsoil Organic Carbon Content (TOC) Map zipped shapefile Metadata
Available Water Capacity (AWC) zipped shapefile Metadata
NVZ Soil Texture zipped shapefile Metadata
Peatland (filtered from 1:250,000 soils data for SRDP) zipped shapefile Included in download
Land Capability for Agriculture national cover (1:250,000) zipped shapefile Metadata
Land Capability for Agriculture partial cover (1:50,000) zipped shapefile Metadata
Land Capability for Forestry national cover (1:250,000) zipped shapefile Metadata

Risk Maps

The Risk maps show a series of simple indicators of the role of soils in determining risks to water quality. These indicators include the risk of soil erosion, leaching from soils, runoff and both the risk of topsoil and subsoil compaction occuring.

Data set Shape file Metadata
Map of topsoil compaction risk (partial cover) zipped shapefile Metadata
Map of subsoil compaction risk (partial cover) zipped shapefile Metadata
Map of runoff risk (partial cover)

zipped shapefile

Metadata
Map of soil leaching potential (partial cover) zipped shapefile Metadata
Map of soil erosion risk (partial cover) (updated with look up table 8th Oct '18) zipped TIFF and LUT Metadata

 

Learning & Resources


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