Welcome to the LandIS Soil Portal
What is WOSSAC?
An international archive of soil and related environmental information
First commenced in January, 2004, the Cranfield University 'World Soil Survey Archive and Catalogue' (WOSSAC) project aims to develop an archive and catalogue of all substantial soil surveys, reports and maps made overseas, with particular reference to those by British companies and personnel, to provide a safe repository for endangered copies, and to make the accrued information widely available for consultation by interested parties.Top
What does WOSSAC contain?
The WOSSAC Archive is based at Cranfield University, UK. The archive itself comprises many parts. We have the soil reports section, the soil maps and albums section, a soil books section, an aerial photography section, and a satellite imagery section. We are constantly seeking the ways and means to improve and develop the WOSSAC facilities. Most significantly, the University recently undertook the move of the collection from the former Cranfield Silsoe campus to the main Cranfield campus. As part of this, the facilities provided and cataloguing systems have been greatly improved. Today the archive holdings represent some 22,350 current catalogued items, from 276 territories worldwide. Full descriptions of these materials are available via the WOSSAC website.Top
WOSSAC materials may be used for a broad range of natural resource inventory projects, such as environmental assessments, intra-regional studies and food security assessments.
For further details concerning WOSSAC, please contact us:
Dr Stephen Hallett
Soil Spatial Informatics Theme Leader, NSRI
National Soil Resources Institute (NSRI)
Tel: (01234) 750111 x2750
Fax: 01234 752970
Personal web page
NSRI Institute homepage