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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.

Contact information

SCHMALZ Reinhard
Archivstr. 2
30169 HANNOVER
GERMANY
Tel. +49 511 120 0
Fax. +49 511 120 3399

Participants

Coordinator: NIEDERSAECHSISCHES MINISTERIUM FUER UMWELT UND KLIMASCHUTZ, GERMANY

Participating partners:

Organisation Country
NIEDERSAECHSISCHES MINISTERIUM FUER UMWELT UND KLIMASCHUTZ GERMANY
UMWELTBUNDESAMT GMBH AUSTRIA
PARIS-LODRON-UNIVERSITÄT SALZBURG AUSTRIA
OSTERREICHISCHE AGENTUR FUR GESUNDHEIT UND ERNAHRUNGSSICHERHEIT GMBH AUSTRIA
Bundesforschungs-und Ausbildungszentrum für Wald, Naturgefahren und Landschaft AUSTRIA
VLAAMS GEWEST BELGIUM
Institute of Soil Science Nikola Poushkarov BULGARIA
INFO-LOGICA OOD BULGARIA
Masarykova univerzita CZECH REPUBLIC
CENIA,CESKA INFORMACNI AGENTURA ZIVOTNIHO PROSTREDI CZECH REPUBLIC
AARHUS UNIVERSITET DENMARK
MAA JA ELINTARVIKETALOUDEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS FINLAND
Region Alsace FRANCE
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
MISKOLCI EGYETEM HUNGARY
MEZOGAZDASAGI SZAKIGAZGATASI HIVATAL KOZPONT HUNGARY
MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA TALAJTANI ES AGROKEMIAI KUTATO INTEZETE HUNGARY
TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY IRELAND
POLITECHNIKA WARSZAWSKA POLAND
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

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