Projects :: GS Soil
GS Soil: Assessment and strategic development of INSPIRE compliant Geodata-Services for European Soil Data
The European Soil Strategy has enforced the link between soil information and geo-information creating the need for interoperable, accessible and harmonised soil datasets for the EU.
Within the European Member States comprehensive soil data assets exist. Although notable amounts of soil data have already been prepared digitally, data accessibility is still extremely limited. The inter-organisational and cross-border distribution of soil data is tremendously difficult and in many cases data sets are not interoperable, neither on a technical nor on a semantic level. For the huge community of experts and citizens within the European Union soil data therefore are difficult to obtain, to understand and to use.
The establishment of the soil thematic strategy and the new trans-boundary approach for protected sites management has enforced the link between soil conservation and best practice use and geo-information. This has generated the need for interoperable, accessible and harmonised datasets and the link is also addressed by the INSPIRE Directive which pursues an EU Spatial Data Infrastructure to support environmental policies.
GS Soil aims at establishing a Best Practice Network focused on soil related issues, through state-of-the-art methodologies and best practice examples, in order to enhance harmonization of national datasets and improving accessibility and exploitability. Thereby it will also contribute to the INSPIRE implementation with specific reference to a cluster of data themes on nature conservation.
Within the directive soil is explicitly addressed as an individual theme and besides that, soil related environmental, agricultural and forestry aspects are also addressed. Therefor the thematic focus of GS Soil is set on soil as an important parameter according to climate, land use, geology and geomorphology. At the same time soils are the basis for food production and consumer health, for the ecological and economical balance and for many other important bases of life.
Considering the INSPIRE Annexes, the following soil and soil related themes will be considered:
• Basic soil describing information including depth, texture, structure and organic material as described in Annex III theme "Soil",
• Information about soil monitoring facilities and long term observations as part of the Annex III theme "Environmental Monitoring Facilities",
• Information about the soil related aspects of Annex III theme "Natural Risk Zones" as e.g. landslides, soil erosion, soil compaction, soil organic carbon decline, salinization, acidification and soil biodiversity loss,
• Soil related information of the INSPIRE Annex III theme "Human Health and Safety" and
• Soils as primary site factor to identify protected land as part of the INSPIRE Annex I theme "Protected Sites" (e.g. peat land, extrazonal sites)
The main objective of the GS Soil Network is to:
• involve new stakeholders;
• share data and best practices;
• improve and stimulate exploitation and
• improve re-use of information on nature conservation.
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Coordinator: NIEDERSAECHSISCHES MINISTERIUM FUER UMWELT UND KLIMASCHUTZ, GERMANY
|NIEDERSAECHSISCHES MINISTERIUM FUER UMWELT UND KLIMASCHUTZ||GERMANY|
|OSTERREICHISCHE AGENTUR FUR GESUNDHEIT UND ERNAHRUNGSSICHERHEIT GMBH||AUSTRIA|
|Bundesforschungs-und Ausbildungszentrum für Wald, Naturgefahren und Landschaft||AUSTRIA|
|Institute of Soil Science Nikola Poushkarov||BULGARIA|
|Masarykova univerzita||CZECH REPUBLIC|
|CENIA,CESKA INFORMACNI AGENTURA ZIVOTNIHO PROSTREDI||CZECH REPUBLIC|
|MAA JA ELINTARVIKETALOUDEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS||FINLAND|
|WEMOVE DIGITAL SOLUTIONS GMBH||GERMANY|
|FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V||GERMANY|
|CONTERRA - GESELLSCHAFT FUER ANGEWANDTE INFORMATIONSTECHNOLOGIE GMBH||GERMANY|
|BUNDESANSTALT FUR GEOWISSENSCHAFTENUND ROHSTOFFE||GERMANY|
|NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION.||GREECE|
|INSTITOUTO GEOLOGIKON KAI METALLEFTIKON EREVNON||GREECE|
|ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS||GREECE|
|SZENT ISTVAN EGYETEM||HUNGARY|
|MEZOGAZDASAGI SZAKIGAZGATASI HIVATAL KOZPONT||HUNGARY|
|MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA TALAJTANI ES AGROKEMIAI KUTATO INTEZETE||HUNGARY|
|TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY||IRELAND|
|INSTITUTO NACIONAL DE RECURSOS BIOLOGICOS I.P. INRB||PORTUGAL|
|EDISOFT-EMPRESA DE SERVICOS E DESENVOLVIMENTO DE SOFTWARE SA||PORTUGAL|
|KMETIJSKI INSTITUT SLOVENIJE - AGRICULTURAL INSTITUTE OF SLOVENIA||REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA|
|INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE DEZVOLTARE PENTRU PEDOLOGIE, AGROCHIMIE SI PROTECTIA MEDIULUI||ROMANIA|
|VYSKUMNY USTAV PODOZNALECTVA A OCHRANY PODY||SLOVAK REPUBLIC|
|AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS||SPAIN|
|THE MACAULAY LAND USE RESEARCH INSTITUTE||UNITED KINGDOM|
|AGRIFOOD AND BIOSCIENCES INSTITUTE||UNITED KINGDOM|
Last update: 27/04/2010