Soils inventories and surveys for Scotland Land Capability

The Soils inventories and surveys for Scotland Land Capability datasets have been supplied by the Scottish Government in connection with the licence agreement between The James Hutton Institute and the Scottish Government. Data files include 1:25,000, 1:50,000 and 1:250,000 shape files and associated DBF files as well as Classifications for agriculture and forestry Scottish peat surveys, and the Scottish Soils Knowledge and Information Base (SSKIB).

Spatial Coverage: 
Scotland
Data Creator: 
James Hutton Institute
Scottish Government

Data Publisher:

Documentation: 

The SSKIB Excel file contains metadata relating to database content.

Contents.txt file detailing all files.

Also included are Soil_map_unit_proportions in Excel format

Note: 

All soil attribute data obtained during the national soils inventory and surveys for Scotland
(NSIS1, 1978-1987 and the NSIS2, 2006-2011 ) and related, relevant information (where
available in a spatially referenced electronic format) and incorporating but not limited to the
1:250000 scale and 1:25000 scale vector data sets of the soils of Scotland
ll. 1:250,000 Scale National Land Capability Classification for Agriculture (LCA) data
ID. 1:50,000 Scale Land Capability Classification for Agriculture (LCA) data
IV. 1:250,000 Scale National Land Capability Classification for Forestry (LCF) data
v. All available raster scanned (digital) maps of the Scottish Peat Surveys funded by the
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland as described in HMSO publication
Scottish Peat Surveys Vols. 1 to 4. No vector or point data exists for these maps
VI. Raster scanned (digital) copies of all published maps
VII. Trend analysis and survey method inter-comparisons analysis derived from the NSIS2 resampling
exercise, 2006-2011
VITI. The Scottish Soils Knowledge and Information Base (SSKIB database)
IX. Soils data obtained, collected, produced or maintained, togethe.r with any related, relevant
information (including maps, site attribute data or reports), in relation to Scottish
Government funded research activity

File Storage: 

Written to CD-ROM June 2012

Format: 

ArcGIS Shape files, Raster images, XML, MS-Excel, DBF

Data Access: 

Soils inventories and surveys for Scotland Land Capability datasets are available through licence from the Scottish Government and the James Hutton Institute. Unrestricted access is granted to all 'employees' at the University of Edinburgh. Please contact the Data Library for access (email: datalib@ed.ac.uk ).

Students will need to apply to the Scottish Government for an end-user licence first, indicating what data they require, for what project, and the start and end date of their project (after the project is done they are required to delete the data). Contacts are: Sandra.Marks@scotland.gsi.gov.uk & Philip.Balls@scotland.gsi.gov.uk