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Global Soil and Terrain Database (WORLD-SOTER)

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Abstract: The goal of the Global Soil and Terrain Database (WORLD-SOTER) is to provide sound soil and terrain resources information on a global scale(1:5 Million). Users include global and continental models to simulate food production potentials, climatic change, river flow simulation, livestock distribution, research priorities, land constraint and (very) general land management advice.

Another goal of the database is to provide an educational tool to the Soil Science Community. To provide harmonized norms for soil mapping, soil classification, soil analysis and interpretation of soil resources information.
Related URL
Description: Access SOTER (and other soil related) data through the WDC-Soils at ISRIC - World Soil Information.
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: FAO, UNEP, ISRIC, IIASA, European Soil Bureau, National Soil Institutes
Dataset Title: Global Soil and Terrain Database (WORLD-SOTER)
Dataset Release Date: 2000
Dataset Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization
Data Presentation Form: GIS databases
Online Resource:
Access Constraints None
Use Constraints None
Data Set Progress
Data Center
World Data Center for Soils, ISRIC - World Soil Information, Wageningen Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +31-317-483735
Email: niels.batjes at
Contact Address:
ISRIC - World Soil Information (World Data Center for Soils)
P.O. Box 353
City: Wageningen
Postal Code: 6700 AJ
Country: The Netherlands
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Phone: +39 06 570 54888
Fax: +39 06 570 56167
Email: freddy.nachtergaele at
Contact Address:
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
City: Rome
Postal Code: 00100
Country: ITALY
Interim Products include
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2001-11-30
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23
Future DIF Review Date: 2002-11-30