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Soil and Terrain Database for Southern Africa (version 1.0) - scale 1:2 million (SOTERSAF)
Entry ID: ISRIC_SOTERSAF_primary_ver1

Abstract: The Soil and Terrain database for Southern Africa (SOTERSAF version 1.0), at scale 1:2 million, include the spatial and soil attribute data for 8 Southern African countries. The SOTERSAF database was compiled using the existing soil information and following the SOTER methodology of the 1:1 million scale with respect to pedon attribute data storage.

The data (SOTERSAF) were compiled in the framework of the ongoing activities of ISRIC, FAO and UNEP to update the world's baseline information on natural resources in SOTER.The project involved collaboration with national soil institutes from the countries in the region as well as individual experts.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -0.99   S: -34.84   E: 40.84   W: 11.68
Max Altitude: 5900

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Koos Dijkshoorn, Vincent van Engelen,
Dataset Title: Soil and Terrain Database for Southern Africa (ver. 1.0)
Dataset Series Name: SOTERSAF (version 1.0)
Dataset Release Date: 2003
Dataset Release Place: Wageningen, Netherlands
Dataset Publisher: ISRIC - World Soil Information
Version: 2.0
Data Presentation Form: ArcInfo export format and MS Access database
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Data Resolution
Horizontal Resolution Range: 1 km - < 10 km or approximately .01 degree - < .09 degree
Science Keywords
AGRICULTURE > SOILS > CALCIUM Parameter Definition
AGRICULTURE > SOILS > CARBON Parameter Definition
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Quality Background information is given in:

Dijkshoorn JA 2003. SOTER database for Southern Africa (SOTERSAF). Technical Report, ISRIC- World Soil Information, Wageningen.

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Access Constraints ISRIC kindly requests that you send us two reprints of any publication that uses data received from ISRIC World Soil Information. This will help us to determine the type and level of use of the data we distribute.
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Data Center
World Data Center for Soils, ISRIC - World Soil Information, Wageningen Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:
Dataset ID: ISRIC_SOTERSAF_primary_ver1

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
Distribution Media: Internet (downloadable data )
Distribution Size: 20 Mb (zipped)
Fees: n/a
Phone: +31-317-483735
Email: koos.dijkshoorn at
Contact Address:
POBox 353
City: Wageningen
Postal Code: 6700AJ
Country: Netherlands
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Dijkshoorn JA 2003. SOTER database for Southern Africa (SOTERSAF). Technical Report, ISRIC- World Soil Information, Wageningen.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2007-08-14
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24