I'm looking for a dataset (in pretty much any format) of soil texture according to USDA classification (by U.S. Department of Agriculture). Is there anything that would cover the entirety of Europe?

I found the Topsoil physical properties for Europe (based on LUCAS topsoil data) dataset from the European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC), which would suit my needs perfectly, except that it only covers the EU member countries and thus some countries are missing.

  • $\begingroup$ Am I missing something here? You want European data based on a US classification? Does the set you found meet that criterium? $\endgroup$
    – Jan Doggen
    Commented Oct 20, 2016 at 13:25
  • $\begingroup$ If I understand correctly, the issue is that the data they've found doesn't have the coverage that they need. The information in it is what they're looking for though. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 20, 2016 at 14:44
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, exactly. The USDA classification is widely used, as for the data I found, there is a link to USDA Texture which is perfect except for the missing non-EU countries. $\endgroup$
    – Janina
    Commented Oct 21, 2016 at 6:43
  • $\begingroup$ iuss.org/index.php?article_id=174 may or may not be helpful. $\endgroup$
    – user967
    Commented Oct 22, 2016 at 18:07
  • $\begingroup$ A former colleague had the same problem (European soil data in US classification schema). As far as I know he ended up creating his own mapping from the available European data set schema to the US schema he needed. However, the mapping is ambiguous. $\endgroup$ Commented Oct 26, 2016 at 11:25

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After a lenghty unsuccessful search, I found an option to do my own mapping. There are global datasets with the percentages of clay, silt and loam available from the Land-Atmosphere Interaction Research Group at Sun Yat-sen University and I used the R soiltexture package for the classification. I ended up making a dataset covering my domain of interest in 2 km resolution. I attached my map and the original map mentioned in the question for comparison (some of the colours are a bit off, but they should more or less correspond to the same category in both images). If anyone is interested in this data, feel free to let me know. Custom mappingMy custom mapping.

Original dataset from the European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC)Original dataset from the European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC)


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