University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
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University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources

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Public has easy access to local soils data, thanks to UCCE specialist's SoilWeb apps

In the 1990s, the National Cooperative Soil Survey stopped printing hard copies of its soil survey reports. The Survey did continue to publish soil surveys in digital formats, but these were not widely embraced by growers, who found themselves struggling to find critical information that had formerly been more easily available. Recognizing the growers’ need for access, UCCE specialist Toby O’Geen initiated a collaboration between the California Soil Resources Laboratory and USDA–NRCS to develop SoilWeb, a series of user-friendly apps designed to help the general public explore soil survey data. The apps, which work in Google Maps and Google Earth, allow users to access soil data based on GPS coordinates using a smart phone or tablet. Anyone can access these apps and within seconds get detailed information about the properties, taxonomy, land use, and suitability ratings of the soil upon which they are standing.

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