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LandIS Digital Soil Dataset Families

LandIS Datasets

What data do I need?

Cranfield University market a wide range of soil and soil-related datasets. These are outlined below:

NATMAP - the National Soil Map

NATMAP datasets represent the authoritative digital soil map for England and Wales. There are various data products derived from the National Soil Map, each suitable for different tasks; these are outlined below.

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If you are looking for the best quality available map data with national coverage of both England and Wales, we recommend NATMAP Vector. This flagship dataset has many uses from regional assessments, catchment characterisation, site assessment and, combined with our 'SOILSERIES' set of soil property datasets, computer modelling.

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NATMAP Soilscapes

NATMAP Soilscapes is a simplified version of the full National Soil Map, having an easy-to-understand map legend. Soilscapes is ideal for simple descriptive overviews of the soils and soil landscapes of a region, as well as the relationship between soil and the environment.

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NATMAP 1000 & 5000

These are gridded vector versions of the National Soil Map, where the squares represent 1km x 1km, and 5km x 5km gridcells respectively. These are suitable for modelling situations, but do not provide the full spatial detail of NATMAP vector.

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Other Soil Maps Interpreted from NATMAPvector
   NATMAP WRB More details ...
   NATMAP HOST More details ...
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   NATMAP subsoil texture More details ...
   NATMAP wetness More details ...
   NATMAP available water More details ...
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Soil Attribute Data : SOILSERIES and HORIZON

Soil series (soil type) data

SOILSERIES attribute datasets have been developed to link to the NATMAP datasets (excepting NATMAP Soilscapes) to provide more detailed soil information specific to the users needs. These are outlined below.


This includes basic soil information including the modern definition of soil series.

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This dataset is useful for modelling and predicting the movement and attenuation (fate and behaviour) of pesticides in soil, based on leaching and runoff classes.

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This detailed dataset contains hydrological properties of the soil and associated rivers. It is useful for many types of hydrological models.

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This provides information on the available soil water for mainstream crops for the different soil types across England and Wales.

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The Leacs data product is used by almost all the major water companies as part of their pipe replacement programme as part of their strategic Asset Management Plans (AMPs). Because soils are variably aggressive to pipes, knowing which pipes will need replacing first can save significant sums.

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HORIZON Fundamentals

These data detail the properties of each of the soil horizons (layers) from the topsoil to the parent material. Information includes textural propterties along with layer thicknesses. It provides different information for the same soil series under different land uses.

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HORIZON Hydraulics

These data detail the properties of each of the soil horizons (layers) from the topsoil to the parent material. Information includes hydraulic propterties along with layer thicknesses. It provides different information for the same soil series under different land uses.

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The National Soil Inventory of Soil Quality Monitoring Data: NSI

Soil monitoring data

The National Soil Inventory, or NSI, covers England and Wales on a 5km x 5km grid and provides detailed information for each intersect on that grid. Collectively, NSI data are statistically representative of English and Welsh soils and they offer a valuable foundation for the future monitoring of soil quality.

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NSI site

This dataset describes the site of the NSI point, including landuse and lithological information.

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NSI profile

This dataset gives a very detailed description of each soil horizon (layer) in the soil profile.

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NSI topsoil

This dataset gives detailed measurements from a bulked sample of the topsoil, of pH, organic carbon and over 20 elements (total and available) by a variety of laboratory methods.

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NSI textures

This dataset describes the soil texture, providing % information for the texture grades (i.e. sand (4 grades), silt & clay).

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NSI features

This dataset provides depth information to the various diagnostic layers within the soil profile.

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Other soil datasets

Special datasets

LandIS contains a wide range of other data. If you have a special request, please contact our help desk for more details.

Obtaining digital soils data

Access arrangements

Arrangements for access to soil data are governed by an agreement between Cranfield University and Defra acting on behalf of the Crown. Under the LandIS Agreement:

Data are normally supplied via an online dropoff service in an agreed format. To find out which datasets we lease, look at our data families description, or alternatively run our handy data quotation advisor utility.

Our standard data licence Terms and Conditions are available for inspection.

For further information regarding leasing digital datasets from LandIS, for a soils data quotation, or for further information, please contact us as below:

Data enquiries
Caroline Keay
Senior Environmental Information System Specialist
Cranfield Centre for Environmental & Agricultural Informatics
Cranfield University
Building 53a
Cranfield campus
MK43 0AL
Tel: (01234) 752992
Fax: (01234) 752970

About Us

LandIS, or the Land Information System is one of the offerings of the Soil and Agrifood Institute. Incorporating the National Soil Resources Institute, CSAI is the largest UK national and international centre for research and development, consultancy and training in soils and their interaction with the atmosphere, land use, geology and water resources.

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Cranfield University,
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MK43 0AL,
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