This European Soil Portal is an integral part of the European Soil Data Centre, which is one of the ten environmental data centres in Europe and is the focal point for soil data at European level. This European Soil Portal contributes to a thematic data infrastructure for soils in Europe. It presents data and information regarding soils at European level. It connects to activities within the Joint Research Centre (JRC) concerning soil (JRC SOIL Action). It serves also as a vehicle to promote the activities of the European Soil Bureau Network. Spatial data collection and processing within this infrastructure is performed according to emerging ideas behind the INSPIRE (Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe) initiative
This soil portal launched by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) FAO offers a comprehensive collection of soil maps and over 700 technical reports.
Videos raising awareness of soil threats
Let's Talk About Soil - This animated film tells the reality of soil resources around the world, covering the issues of degradation, urbanization, land grabbing and overexploitation; the film offers options to make the way we manage our soils more sustainable. A variety of different language versions are available:
- English - Let's Talk About Soil
- Duetsche - Let's Talk About Soil
- Francais - Let's Talk About Soil
- Español - Let's Talk About Soil
- Hellenic sub-titles - Let's Talk About Soil
Dirt! The Movie - Excursion into the realms of soil, the number one lifegiver on Earth, its fundamentally important ecological functions, our poor understanding of it as well as our destructive relationship with it. They are so essential to life and thus to us, that our survival is directly dependent on their understanding and protection!
The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) has developed a set of 12 videos for the International Year of Soil 2015, each centered around a monthly soil related theme.
ISRIC - World Soil Information is an independent, science-based foundation. It has a mandate to serve the international community with information about the world's soil resources to help addressing major global issues. ISRIC is the ICSU World Data Centre for Soils (WDC-Soils) since 1989 and it collaborates with a wide range of partners worldwide.
European Environment Agency - Soil
The European Environment Agency (EEA) is an agency of the European Union. Their task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment. They are a major information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and also the general public.