Resources and publications


For the UK

  • Apps from the UKSO: smartphone apps and other tools from UKSO partners
  • BGS OpenGeoscience: a free service where you can view maps, download data, scans, photos and other information
  • CatchIS: Cranfield University's Catchment Information System
  • CEH Environmental Information Platform: the tool for finding, viewing and accessing data resources held by the EIDC (NERC Data Centre for terrestrial and freshwater sciences) and other data providers in the UK and beyond
  • Countryside Survey: a unique study or audit of the natural resources of the UK's countryside
  • G-BASE: an integral part of the European Soil Data Centre, which is one of the ten environmental data centres in Europe and is the focal point for soil data at European level
  • LandIS: Land Information System; Cranfield University's national soil web information system for England and Wales
  • Scotland's Soils: a website for Scotland's soils that aims to make authoritative, scientifically robust soils information and data more accessible, both to help decision makers and to increase public understanding of soils


  • The Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute: AFBI is a leading provider of scientific research and services to government, non-governmental and commercial organisations. With its unique breadth of facilities and scientific capability in agriculture, animal health, food, environment, biosciences and economics, AFBI conducts a wide range of valuable projects for both the public and private sectors. AFBI holds the soils data for Northern Ireland
  • BGS sustainable soils: carrying out research into processes in the 'critical zone', which we rely upon to grow food, maintain ecosystems, filter water and store carbon in the biosphere. We examine and monitor soils at microscopic, catchment and national scales to better understand these properties and processes that are important to the natural environment and to society
  • The British Society of Soil Science: together with its professional body the Institute of Professional Soil Scientists (IPSS), the British Society of Soil Science aims to promote the study and profession of soil science
  • Centre for Ecology & Hydrology soil science research
  • CSAFI Institute: the National Soil Resources Institute (NSRI) has a prestigious heritage, forming in 2001 from the union of the Soil Survey and Land Research Centre and parts of the National College of Agricultural Engineering
  • Environment Agency soils: a practical guide to soil assessment, which can help you increase income and save money
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: access to soil information provided by the FAO
  • Forest Research: aims to provide research services relevant to UK and international forestry interests and inform and support forestry's contribution to UK governmental policies. Our core roles are to provide the evidence base for UK forestry practices and to support innovation
  • International Union of Soil Sciences: the global union of soil scientists. The objectives of the IUSS are to promote all branches of soil science, and to support all soil scientists across the world in the pursuit of their activities
  • James Hutton Institute: an international research centre based in Scotland. The work we do is right at the top of the global agenda and involves tackling some of the world's most challenging problems including the impact of climate change and threats to food and water security
  • Lancaster University soil sciences: our soils research brings together the biological, chemical and physical aspects of soil sciences to obtain an integrated understanding of this vital environmental resource
  • Rothamsted Research: the longest running agricultural research station in the world, providing cutting-edge science and innovation for nearly 170 years
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency: access to soil information provided by SEPA
  • Soil Association: the UK's leading membership charity campaigning for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use
  • STARS: Soils Training And Research Studentships. PhD projects for students
  • University of Reading Soil Research Centre: established in 2010 as the focus for soil related research activities at the University
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