National Soil Database - Detailed Soil SurveysEntry ID: CANEMRCCRSSOC
Abstract: This dataset includes a complete project/pedigree file (mandatory); standard
coverage for the soil theme (mandatory), may include hydro theme (for base
data) and annotheme (only where these data have been digitized by CLBRR); the
PAT (Polygon Attribute File) for the soil theme is extended to include the link
to other attribute files and, optionally, additional properties of the polygon
... (mandatory); a subset of the SNF (Soil Names File) and SLF (Soil Layer File)
which contains all combinations of soil-code + modifier is included as part of
the complete digital soil map for all maps except the national soils of Canada;
all ARC/INFO coverages are in geographic units or documented to be not accurate
on conversion (mandatory); all ARC/INFO coverages include AAT files to allow
feature codes to be identified.
Variables: Landscape area parameters: slope, stoniness, drainage,
rooting depth and type, watertable, mode of deposition, soil taxonomy. Layer
properties: texture, pH, organic matter content, bulk density, moisture
retention, hydraulic conductivity, electrical conductivity, calcareousness,
cation exchange capacity, base saturation.
The coverage for each province is as follows: 50% of the potential
coverage of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario,Quebec, 60% of the potential
coverage of New Brunswick, 70% of Saskatchewan, 85% of Manitoba, 30% of
Newfoundland, 95% of Nova Scotia, 40% of the Northwest Territories and Yukon
Territory, and 100% of Prince Edward Island. Note that although a per cent of
the potential coverage is complete, this is not all in final form.
Geographic referencing of data contents: map projections for Alberta
are Stereographic and Orthophoto; map projections for British Columbia, New
Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec,
Saskatchewan and the Yukon are Universal Transverse Mercator; map projections
for Manitoba are UTM and Orthophoto; map projections for the Northwest
Territories are UTM and Lambert Conformal; map projections for Canada as a
whole are Lambert Conformal;coordinates system is Latitude/Longitude; range of
Alberta map scales is 1:31,680 to 1:126,720; range of BC, Manitoba and Nova
Scotia map scales is 1:20,000 to 1:126,720; range of New Brunswick map scales
is 1:10,000 to 1:63,360; range of Newfoundland map scales is 1:25,000 to
1:250,000; range of Northwest Territories map scales is 1:250,000 to
1:1,000,000; range of Ontario map scales is 1:10,000 to 1:250,000; Prince
Edward Island maps are either 1:10,000 or 1:75,000; range of Quebec map scales
is 1:20,000 to 1:63,360; range of Saskatchewan map scales is 1:50,000 to
1:126,720; range of Yukon map scales is 1:1,250 to 1:125,000; Canada map scale
is 1:5,000,000.This data is currently applied to maps and reports in computer
generated format (either digital or hardcopy). Where possible, routine
procedures are used to streamline operations. However, custom products are
created as required and within the constraints of resources. The data bases are
intended to be used either on their own or in conjunction with other spatial
data such as climate, land use, etc., to assess the biological productivity of
land areas; to identify areas that have actual or potential problems affecting
land use such as salinity and susceptibility to erosion, and to assess the
severity; to locate areas or parcels of land that may be suitable for
particular types of land use for more detailed investigations, and to assess
other land use and environmental quality issues.
Potential applications: anything that requires a land resource layer
(i.e., pest risk assessment, suitability/capability for agricultural crops,
drainage, suitability for septic tile fields, susceptibility to erosion,
Spatial Data Organization Information -
Indirect Spatial Reference: administrative units (contact data centre for
listing of dataset IDs for each province)
Direct Spatial Reference:
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Distance and Bearing Representation:
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Horizontal Datum Name: NAD 27
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Research Branch
Dataset Title: National Soil Database - Detailed Soil SurveysOnline Resource: http://sis2.agr.gc.ca/cansis/
Start Date: 1941-08-01
LAND SURFACE > SOILS > HYDRAULIC CONDUCTIVITY
LAND SURFACE > SOILS > ORGANIC MATTER
LAND SURFACE > SOILS > SOIL CHEMISTRY
LAND SURFACE > SOILS > SOIL DEPTH
LAND SURFACE > SOILS > SOIL FERTILITY
LAND SURFACE > SOILS > SOIL HORIZONS/PROFILE
LAND SURFACE > SOILS > SOIL POROSITY
LAND SURFACE > SOILS > SOIL STRUCTURE
Quality Refer to Davis et al. 2000 for details of orbit error analysis with
SEASAT and GEOSAT. Comparison with laser dH/dt results and other in-situ
data indicates that a typical error value for elevation change estimates
in a 50 km cell is approximately +/- 2 cm/yr (Davis et al. 2001).
Data Set Progress
Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 10 KB
Distribution Format: ASCII
Phone: +1 573-884-3789
Fax: +1 573-882-0397
Email: DavisCH at missouri.edu
University of Missouri at Columbia 323 EBW
Province or State: MO
Postal Code: 65211
Phone: +1 573-882-6764
Email: KlueverC at missouri.edu
University of Missouri at Columbia E3414engr Bldg East
Province or State: MO
Postal Code: 65211
Phone: +1 818-354-0686
Fax: +1 818-393-4965
Email: bruce.j.haines at jpl.nasa.gov
California Institute of Technology 4800 Oak Grove Dr. MS 238-600
Province or State: CA
Postal Code: 91109-8099
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Mosley-Thompson. 2001. Elevation change of the southern Greenland ice
sheet from 1978 to 1998: interpretation. Journal of Geophysical Research
Davis, C.H., C.A. Kluever, B.J. Haines, C. Perez, and Y. ... Yoon. 2000.
Improved elevation change measurement of the southern Greenland ice
sheet from satellite radar altimetry. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience
and Remote Sensing 38(3): 1367-1378.
Davis, C.H, C.A. Kluever, and B.J. Haines. 1998a. Elevation change of
the southern Greenland ice sheet. Science 279: 2086-2088.
Davis, C.H., C.A. Kluever, and B.J. Haines. 1998b. Comment: Growth of
the southern Greenland ice sheet. Science 281: 1251.
Krabill, W., W. Abdalati, E. Frederick, S. Manizade, C. Martin, J.
Swift, R. Thomas, W. Wright, and J. Yungel. 2000. Greenland ice sheet:
high-elevation balance and peripheral thinning. Science 289: 428-430.
Krabill, W., E. Frederick, S. Manizade, C. Martin, J. Sonntag, R. Swift,
R. Thomas, W. Wright, and J. Yungel. 1999. Rapid thinning of parts of the
southern Greenland ice sheet. Science 283: 1522-24. View PDF.
McConnell, J.R., R.J. Arthern, E. Mosley-Thompson, C.H. Davis, R.C.
Bales, R. Thomas, J.F. Burkhart, and J.D. Kyne. 2000. Changes in
Greenland ice sheet elevation attributed primarily to snow accumulation
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Thomas, R., T. Akins, B. Csatho, M. Fahnestock, P. Gogineni, C. Kim, and
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Thomas, R.H., C.H. Davis, E. Frederick, S. Manizade, W. Krabill, J.
McConnell, and J. Sonntag. 1999. Greenland ice-sheet elevation change
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Zwally, H.J. 1989. Growth of Greenland ice sheet: interpretation.
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Zwally, H.J., A.C. Brenner, J.P. DiMarzio. 1998. Comment: Growth of the
southern Greenland ice sheet. Science 281: 1251.
Zwally, H.J., A.C. Brenner, J.A. Major, R.A. Bindschadler, and J.G.
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Extended Metadata Properties
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-04-21
Last DIF Revision Date: 2010-03-09