Land Information System

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LandIS Information Services

Knowledge from environmental data

The application of environmental datasets

Information management challenges all organisations, government and industry alike. The capacity to collect, and importantly interpret correctly different datasets is outstripping the ability to organise and ustilise it as information.

Cranfield University have collected and hold data on the environment and, in particular, the soil resources of England and Wales for over 60 years; the organisation is data-rich. In the field of digital data, it has considerable experience in the manipulation and interpretation of large and complex datasets. LandIS, Cranfield's computerised information system is Europe's most sophisticated land information system and is supported by UK Government. LandIS is the authoratative source of soil information for England and Wales and its data are in wide use.

The skills developed at Cranfield in information system design and development, geographical information systems (GIS) and cartography are available to commercial clients in the UK and internationally. Cranfield is a licenced used of a number of leading GIS products.

This section of the website provides information in the many applied thematic services and applications that Cranfield have developed, and which are today in widespread use across many sectors. These services offered neatly complement the broad range of interpreted datasets that we lease.


Our expertise

Our expertise

GIS solutions

We have a long-standing experience in the design and implementation of information system applications across a variety of sectors, and can provide consultancy services ranging from initial planning and analysis through to the development, deployment and subsequent support of computer-based projects for environmental analysis. We can assist in the strategic business evaluation of spatial software technologies and the selection and validation of complementary data resources. We operate to standards including UML, RUP and PRINCE, and has a wealth of experience in providing quality GIS services to the environmental, utilities, finance and defence sectors.

Data products

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As part of an ongoing programme of data enhancement, Cranfield's Land Information System, LandIS, holds a wide range of environmental and soil-related data, including basic soil-survey data, laboratory analyses and numerous derived and thematic datasets. The latter datasets include soil physical and chemical parameters and pedo-transfer functions, agroclimatic information, land suitability factors and environmental risk ratings which can be provided in all common formats and on a variety of media.


Our staff have decades of experience in developing and designing databases and associated software for the agricultural and environmental sectors, and offer a wide range of consultancy services for database management, including:

  • design and construction of relational and object-oriented database management systems such as Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL/PostGIS and MS SQLServer;
  • development of customised software routines in languages such as .NET, C++, Perl, Python, Java and JavaScript, as well as 5GL GIS environments such as ArcGIS and MapInfo. We also have a good deal of experience with the emergent free and open source GIS (FOSS-GIS) tools also (QGIS, Geoserver etc.).
  • usage of emergent techniques such as machine learning and neural networks tomodel and predict environmental properties
  • integration of novel technologies for imaging the earch and making continuous observations, e.g. use of drones, field sensors, aerial platforms, satellite sensors etc).
  • fusion of a broad variety of 'big data' for the purposes of developing environmental modelling applications, such as soils, with parent material, land use, remote sensing and meteorological data.


Cartographical output

Some sixty years of experience in the production of high quality cartography was recognised by the British Cartographic Society, with the presentation to Cranfield of the John Bartholomew's Award for Excellence in Small-Scale Thematic Cartography. We offers a full range of services using digital and traditional mapping techniques including customised map production from design concept to final production, digital and photogrammetric capture and validation of map information, archiving and training support. Reprographic and photographic and plot/poster production services are offered. All work passes through an in-house audit procedure to ensure high-quality final products.


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The LandIS team conducts research into aspects of data organisation, database management, metadata, information system design and the integration of modelling into geographical information systems. A series of information system projects within the UK and internationally has allowed the development of sophisticated approaches to spatial modelling and data visualisation.

We also conduct research into aspects of terrestrial ecosystem services, natural capital assessments, fate and behaviour of diffuse agricultural chemicals, terrain analysis, pedometrics, digital soil mapping, environmental management, soil quality and the impacts of climate change - to note a few key areas. Many of these themes incorporate elements of information management and systems development.


MSc Student fieldtrip

Our staff are also strongly involved in devlivering our popular MSc course in Geographical Information Management (GIM). Follow the link for more information about this course.


Further information

Contact details

For further information regarding the services presented here, or for further information, please contact us as below:

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