More than 200 man years of fieldwork went into the creation of the National Soil Map. Redigitisation in 1999 resulted in a new vector data set with full urban soil linework and accurate registration to the OS 1:50,000 base (NATMAP vector). NATMAP vector is the principle data product we hold, and displays the 300 mapped soil associations at a scale of 1:250,000.
From NATMAP vector, other digital products have been derived. There are 1 and 5 km2 “gridded-vector” reclassifications of NATMAP vector, named NATMAP 1000 and 5000 respectively. The newest product of the NATMAP range is NATMAP soilscapes. Having only 27 soil map units, NATMAP soilscapes is proving an increasingly popular dataset for a wide group of users. The aim of the NATMAP soilscapes reclassification and simplification of the NATMAP vector data is to provide extensive, applicable and understandable soil data to the non-soil scientist.
NATMAP data can be supplied for NUTS regions, catchments or other specified areas.
There are a range of data products derived from or complementary to the National Soil Map.
Note also the description of the Soil Classification System for England and Wales, presented here online to accompany the national soil map legend.
LandIS, or the Land Information System is one of the offerings of the Soil and Agrifood Institute. Incorporating the National Soil Resources Institute, Cranfield Environment Centre (CEC) is the largest UK national and international centre for research and development, consultancy and training in soils and their interaction with the atmosphere, land use, geology and water resources.
Cranfield Environment Centre
Bullock Building (B53)
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