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The Soil and Terrain Database for northeastern Africa
Entry ID: SOIL_TERRAIN_DATABASE_NE_AFRICA


Summary
Abstract: The Soil and Terrain Database for Northeastern Africa contains land
resource information on soils, physiography, geology and vegetation
for the following ten countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea,
Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda,Somalia, Sudanand Uganda. The information is
accessible with an easy-to-use viewer program and is also stored in
vector Arc/Info export format. Information on individual soil properties
with class values is also given. A land suitability assessment for
irrigated and upland crops for each unit is included. The scale of the
source material is variable and ranges between 1:1 million and 1:2
million. A user manual for the viewer program and background
information on the collected and correlated land resource materials
are contained in filed documents.

Soils are classified in the Revised Legend, physiographic information
was collected using an earlier draft version of the SOTER manual.

The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development: Sudan, Kenya,
Djibouti, Somalia, Uganda, Eritrea, Ethiopia (IGAD) Crop Production
System Zones (CPSZ) software is a detailed database that provides
background information about actual farming in the region. It comes
with a program (CVIEW, a "CPSZ viewer") that displays maps, zooms in
and out, and provides export facilities for the maps in image format
and for the actual data in text format. The elementary mapping unit is
a compromise between administrative units and agro-ecological zones:
whenever steep agro-ecological gradients exist, administrative units
are subdivided, thus resulting in 1200 mapping units that are
homogeneous from an agro-ecological point of view, while retaining the
compatibility with the administrative units used for most
socio-economic variables in agricultural planning.

The just over 500 mappable variables are subdivided into several
categories covering the spectrum from agronomy and livestock to the
physical environment. For each mapping unit, detailed information is
also presented on the crop calendar, typical yields and main pests and
diseases.

This CD-ROM contains a collection of land and natural resource
information for Northeastern Africa, in particular for the IGAD
countries bordering the Nile basin. It includes data on administrative
boundaries, rivers and lakes, soil and terrain, climatology, land use,
physiography, geology and natural vegetation in easily accessible
format.

Geographic Coverage
 N: 33.0 S: 0.0  E: 52.0  W: 15.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Title: Land and Water Digital Media Series no. 2, The Soil and Terrain Database for Northeastern Africa
Dataset Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Issue Identification: ISBN 92-5-104078-8
Online Resource: http://www.fao.org/ag/agl/lwdms.htm#cd2


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1998-01-01
Stop Date: 1998-12-31


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > AFRICA > EASTERN AFRICA > BURUNDI
CONTINENT > AFRICA > EASTERN AFRICA > DJIBOUTI
CONTINENT > AFRICA > NORTHERN AFRICA > EGYPT
CONTINENT > AFRICA > EASTERN AFRICA > ERITREA
CONTINENT > AFRICA > EASTERN AFRICA > ETHIOPIA
CONTINENT > AFRICA > EASTERN AFRICA > KENYA
CONTINENT > AFRICA > EASTERN AFRICA > RWANDA
CONTINENT > AFRICA > EASTERN AFRICA > SOMALIA
CONTINENT > AFRICA > NORTHERN AFRICA > SUDAN
CONTINENT > AFRICA > EASTERN AFRICA > UGANDA
CONTINENT > AFRICA
CONTINENT > AFRICA > EASTERN AFRICA
CONTINENT > AFRICA > NORTHERN AFRICA


Science Keywords
AGRICULTURE >AGRICULTURAL PLANT SCIENCE >CROP/PLANT YIELDS    [Definition]
AGRICULTURE >AGRICULTURAL PLANT SCIENCE >CROPPING SYSTEMS    [Definition]
AGRICULTURE >AGRICULTURAL PLANT SCIENCE >IRRIGATION    [Definition]
AGRICULTURE >AGRICULTURAL PLANT SCIENCE >PLANT DISEASES/DISORDERS/PESTS    [Definition]
AGRICULTURE >SOILS >SOIL CLASSIFICATION    [Definition]
AGRICULTURE >SOILS >SOIL TEXTURE    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >LANDSCAPE >LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >SOILS >SOIL CLASSIFICATION    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >SOILS >SOIL CONSISTENCE    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >SOILS >SOIL STRUCTURE    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >SOILS >SOIL TEXTURE    [Definition]


Quality
unknown


Access Constraints
none


Keywords
SOIL
TERRAIN
TEMS
GTOS
G3OS


Data Center
World Data Center for Soils, ISRIC - World Soil Information, Wageningen    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.isric.org

Data Center Personnel
Name: VINCENT VAN ENGELEN
Phone: +31-317-483735
Fax: + 31 317 471700
Email: vincent.vanengelen at wur.nl
Contact Address:
ISRIC World Soil Information
P.O. Box 353
City: Wageningen
Postal Code: 6700 AJ
Country: NETHERLANDS

Land and Water Development Division, Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.fao.org/ag/agl/
Dataset ID: FAO13

Data Center Personnel
Name: FREDDY NACHTERGAELE
Phone: +39 06 570 54888
Fax: +39 06 570 56167
Email: freddy.nachtergaele at fao.org
Contact Address:
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
City: Rome
Postal Code: 00100
Country: ITALY



Distribution
Distribution_Media: CD-ROM
Distribution_Format: vector Arc/Info export format
Fees: US $40


Personnel
CHIEF, LAND AND PLANT NUTRITION MANAGEMENT SERVICE - AGLL
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: land-and-water at fao.org
Contact Address:
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla
City: Rome
Postal Code: 0100
Country: ITALY


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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2000-12-12
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24



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