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LandIS data applications

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the application of LandIS soils data

The LandIS system is designed for maximum flexibility of application of the numerous environmental datasets held within it. Over the years, LandIS data has been put to use in a surprisingly wide variety of ways.

To give just some indication of the extent of the possibilities of the datasets, this section outlines some of the pertinent applications where LandIS information has been, and is being applied:


Managing land for profit and sustainability

Land Management

  • Wheeled vehicle trafficability
  • Direct drilling
  • Land drainage design
  • Soil salinity
  • Straw incorporation
  • Subsoiling and moling
  • Earthmoving and land restoration
  • Machinery workdays

Support for the building and finance sectors

Geotechnical applications

  • Shrink-swell soils
  • Corrosion risk to buried pipes and other assets
  • Hazardous foundation conditions
  • Suitability of soils for soakaways
  • Highly compressible soils
  • Saturated loose granular deposits
  • Filled and previously developed sites
  • Land with a low bearing capacity
  • Compaction risk
  • Clay caps for sealing
  • Routes for roads and pipelines
  • Acid sulphate soils
  • Frost-susceptible soils
  • Natural gas emissions

Protecting water resources and quality

Water management

  • Winter rain acceptance potential
  • Soil wetness class
  • Soil droughtiness
  • Irrigation need and scheduling
  • Nitrate leaching risk
  • Groundwater conditions
  • Soil water regimes
  • Hydrology of soil types
  • Effects of raised water tables
  • Ground and surface-water susceptibility to diffuse and source pollutants
  • Pesticide fate and behaviour modelling
  • Land drainage effects

Developing good environmental practice

Pollution control

  • Sewage sludge acceptance
  • Acid rain impacts
  • Soil erosion by wind and water
  • Pollution risk from chemical storage sites
  • Suitability of land for waste disposal
  • Radionuclide behaviour
  • Farm waste disposal
  • Pollutant transfer mechanisms
  • Phosphate transfer mechanisms
  • Land contamination by heavy metals
  • Phosphate transfer and eutrophication

Future strategies

Strategic planning

  • Climate change impacts
  • Land to be set-aside
  • Strategy for integrated land use
  • Land classification and assessment
  • Sustainable urban drainage
  • Soil carbon resources
  • Land use change
  • Effect of decrease in price support
  • Structure in agriculture
  • Peatland sustainability

Matching the needs of crops to the properties of land

Land suitability assessment

  • Winter wheat
  • Spring barley
  • Winter barley
  • Main crop potatoes
  • Winter-sown oilseed rape
  • Spring-sown oilseed rape
  • Sugar beet
  • Field beans
  • Intensive grassland
  • Maize
  • Lupins
  • Sunflowers
  • Linseed
  • Brassicas
  • Tomatoes
  • Other vegetables
  • Soft fruit
  • Sub-tropical fruits
  • Cotton
  • Energy crops (e.g. Miscanthus)
  • Novel crops

Matching the needs of trees to the properties of land

Tree suitability assessment

  • Grand Fir
  • Field Maple
  • Sycamore
  • Italian Alder
  • Grey Alder
  • Silver Birch
  • Box
  • Sweet Chestnut
  • Lawsons Cypress
  • Hawthorn
  • Beech
  • Holly
  • European Larch
  • Japanese Larch
  • Southern Beech
  • Sitka Spruce
  • Corsican Pine
  • Maritime Pine
  • Scots Pine
  • London Plane
  • Aspen
  • Bird Cherry
  • Sessile Oak
  • Red Oak
  • Willow
  • Goat Willow
  • Wellingtonia
  • Whitebeam
  • Western Red Cedar
  • Common Lime
  • Western Hemlock
  • Noble Fir
  • Norway Maple
  • Horse Chestnut
  • Common Alder
  • Red Alder
  • Downy Birch
  • Hornbeam
  • Atlantic Cedar
  • Midland Hawthorn
  • Eucalyptus
  • Ash
  • Walnut
  • Hybrid Larch
  • Crab Apple
  • Norway Spruce
  • Lodgepole Pine
  • Austrian Pine
  • Radiata Pine
  • Mountain Pine
  • Black Poplar
  • Wild Cherry
  • Douglas Fir
  • Penduculate Oak
  • False Acacia
  • White Willow
  • Crack Willow
  • Californian Redwood
  • Rowan (Mountain Ash)
  • Small-Leaved Lime
  • Large-Leaved Lime
  • Wych Elm

Suitability of land for other uses

  • Ecological habitat creation
  • Land for burrowing animals
  • Intensive recreation
  • Playing fields
  • Golf courses
  • Footpaths
  • Ponds and reservations
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