Soil groups in Northern Ireland

The World Reference Base map shows the locations of the nine reference soil groups recognised in Northern Ireland. It is derived from the General Soil Map of Northern Ireland at 1:250 000 scale, held by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI). The dominant soil series in each soil group has been correlated to the equivalent Tier 1 Reference Soil Group in the World Reference Base classification system of 2006 as defined in World Soil Resources Report No. 103.

For more information on the classification of soils in Northern Ireland, refer to Soil and Environment: Northern Ireland, or the WRB guide.

The Soil Map for Northern Ireland — World Reference Base (WRB) 2006 Tier 1 Version is protected by copyright and its use is subject to a specific licensing agreement between AFBI and the user. Depending on the status of the user, the cost can vary from a fully commercial charge for data lease to being royalty free with a small charge for extraction and preparation of the data to meet the user's needs.

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Key Term used
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Title Soil map for Northern Ireland — World Reference Base (WRB) 2006 Tier 1 Version
Source Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), Belfast
Enquiries Info@AFBI.GOV.UK
Scale(s) 1:250 000
Coverage Northern Ireland
Format GIS polygon data. (ESRI, MapInfo, other formats available by request.)
Price 25p per km2 for commercial use of 1:250 000 scale data. Subject to licence fee and data preparation fee. For more information about licensing data email AFBI.
Uses Regional to national level use
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