Apps

Apps

The apps on this page offer additional, useful ways to access soil information for Great Britain. Several apps allow mobile access to data, the opportunity to crowdsource your own observations, or just learn more about your environment. We will be expanding this section as new apps become available. If you are aware of other handy apps, tools, or software that you think would be useful for us to share on this site, please contact us.


Mobile Apps

mySoil

mySoil

mySoil gives you access to a comprehensive European soil properties map within a single app. Discover what lies beneath your feet and help us to build a community dataset by submitting your own soil information.

iDee

iDee

The iDee project aims to directly involve people and communities in the River Dee catchment in environmental recording. Using the iDee website you can submit your own records of river conditions in the Dee catchment in the form of a geo-referenced photograph of the river together with simple assessments of water clarity, flow speed and algae cover.

Farm Crap App

Farm Crap App

A new manure management app "the Farm Crap App" is designed to help farmers and growers value the nutrients found in organic manures.

Landcover

LandPKS

LandCover is a simple tool for rapidly recording vegetation cover and structure using a 1 meter or yard stick in a 1/4 hectare (3/5 acre) plot.

LandInfo

LandPKS

LandInfo makes soil and site characterization fast and easy! This app allows you to enter data about soil texture, topography and easily observable soil properties.

Saltmarsh app

Saltmarsh

The Saltmarsh app is an easy to use tool for identifying common saltmarsh plants, birds and invertebrates. The app also provides lots of useful information on the ecology and importance of saltmarshes and the benefits they provide to humans. Users can use the app to complete a vegetation survey of their saltmarsh and make an assessment of the carbon stored in their marsh by completing a simple vegetation and soil assessment. The data collected is used to provide researchers with a better understanding of the value of saltmarshes.

Soilscapes

Soilscapes

Soilscapes is an easy-to-use soil reporting tool which produces summary soils information for a specific location, based upon the "Soilscapes" soil thematic dataset.

SIFSS (Soil Indicators For Scottish Soils)

SIFSS (Soil Indicators For Scottish Soils)

The James Hutton Institute and its predecessor organisations have been collecting data on Scotland's soils since the 1940s and now have information on over 13 000 locations and over 40 000 individual samples. This information has been summarised into the Scottish Soils Knowledge and Information Base (SSKIB) which can be accessed through the SIFSS website.

SOCit (Soil Organic Carbon information)

SOCit (Soil Organic Carbon information)

A free, new soil carbon app has been launched to provide farmers with a quick, cost-effective source of information about the organic matter content of their soil. The app, known as SOCiT (Soil Organic Carbon information), provides information that can help farmers, and others, make better management decisions as a result of improved understanding about the condition and fertility of their soil.

SoilInfo

SoilInfo

SoilInfo is an app for mobile devices that allows accessing spatial predictions of soil properties and classes in a simple format i.e. as soil profile depth curve plots or tabular summaries.

Other Tools

Citizen science

Join our growing community by submitting your own soil data to help us better understand this precious resource. Share information about the soil in your area to help us improve our soil map of the UK. From your mobile or from your browser, let's put citizen science into action and build up a community soils dataset produced by you.

RothLime

Rothamsted research

In simple steps this web tool is used for deciding how much lime to add to raise a soil's pH under UK conditions. Soil pH refers to measurement made in water with a soil:water ratio of 1:2.5 (weight:volume). See Methods for Analysis of Agricultural Materials (1986).

SoilGrids

SoilGrids

SoilGrids1km is a collection of updatable soil property and class maps of the world at a relatively coarse resolution of 1 km produced using state-of-the-art model-based statistical methods: 3D regression with splines for continuous soil properties and multinomial logistic regression for soil classes.

Soils Guide

Use Cranfield University's online interactive Soils Guide toolkit to explore the various soils of England and Wales. You can use the tool to 'drill down' into the various recognised soils categories to understand their composition and properties.

Soilscapes Viewer

Cranfield University's Soilscapes Viewer is a free, easy to use, online soil reporting tool which produces summary soils information for a specific location, based upon Cranfield's Soilscapes soil thematic dataset. The Soilscapes dataset is also available separately to lease as one of the NSRI soil data products.

Soil Site Reporter

The Soil Site Reporter is an easy to use, online soil reporting tool which produces site-specific soils information with maps and soil descriptions. As a national authority on the sustainable management of soil resources for England and Wales, Cranfield University's Soil and Food Institute holds a vast collection of soils information, now available with the input of a grid reference or Postcode.