Land Information System

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Caroline Keay

Senior Research Fellow in Soil Informatics

Caroline KeayCaroline Keay is a trained Oracle Database Administrator in the National Soil Resources Institute (NSRI). She is responsible for the management of the Land Information System (LandIS), maintaining a range of reference documents and a comprehensive knowledge of the soil data holdings of NSRI. Caroline undertakes project management for the LandIS support contract funded by Defra including writing project proposals and reports including hardware and software specification and procurement. She manages a small team to meet the requirements of the LandIS support contract and the data lease activities of the LandIS group.

Key Experience:

  • Managing the data lease activities of the LandIS group. 
  • Extracting and manipulating LandIS data for clients, using Oracle tools and ESRI ARCView for spatial representation. 
  • Research into the effect of Climate Change on Agricultural Land Classification in England and Wales. 
  • Producing map based data for the definition of Areas facing Natural Constraint. 
  • Developing the online guide to the Soils of England and Wales.
  • Principal Contact Point for the UK National Reference Centre for Soils within the EIONET. Links with European Soil organisations including the Joint Research Centre, Ispra. 
  • Helping to develop new standards for the INSPIRE programme and ISO standards for Soil data. 


  • University of Edinburgh BSc 1987 Ecological Science with honours in Resource Management 
  • Cranfield University MSc 2010 Land Management (specialisation in Soil Management) 


Contact details

Caroline Keay
Senior Research Fellow in Soil Informatics
Cranfield Soil and AgriFood Institute (CSAI)
Vincent Building
Cranfield University
MK43 0AL
Tel: (01234) 752992
Fax: (01234) 752970