Integration of data on the soils of Russia, Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine into the soil geographic database of the European community

Citation
V. Stolbovoi et al., Integration of data on the soils of Russia, Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine into the soil geographic database of the European community, EURAS SOIL, 34(7), 2001, pp. 687-703
Citations number
16
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Agriculture/Agronomy
Journal title
EURASIAN SOIL SCIENCE
ISSN journal
1064-2293 → ACNP
Volume
34
Issue
7
Year of publication
2001
Pages
687 - 703
Database
ISI
SICI code
1064-2293(200107)34:7<687:IODOTS>2.0.ZU;2-7
Abstract
The results of an international project aimed at the development of the Eur opean Soil Geographic Database for the territories of Russia, Belarus, Mold ova, and Ukraine are discussed. For the first time, unified European standa rds for soil description and classification have been applied for a vast te rritory from the western boundary of the former Soviet Union to the Far Eas t region of Russia, and a corresponding soil database has been developed. T his database makes it possible to perform a simultaneous analysis of land r esources and develop land-use policy, agricultural monitoring, and the asse ssment of environmental quality on a common basis. The geographic part of t he database includes a soil map encompassing more than 40000 soil polygons. The attribute database includes a comprehensive analytical characterizatio n of more than 400 soil reference profiles. Special attention is paid to th e correlation between national soil classifications, mapping units used in the unified European Soil Geographic Database, and a system of soil units a ccepted in the World Reference Base for Soil Resources.