Student Services and Researcher Services Librarian
by Ruth Gustafson – September 22, 2021
This guide is to help you find information and resources related to soil science.
FOR UCD students, faculty, and staff: With the re-opening of campus, feel free to book a Zoom appointment (or in-person appointment) with Ruth for assistance in using these resources or for any questions you may have. Ruth will only have Zoom appointments for September and will offer both options in October 2021:
To access resources from off-campus, make sure you are connected to the library VPN.
Searching in a library catalog requires looking for broader topics such as soil conservation or soil fertility rather than the more specific semi-arid agriculture soil conservation or biochar and soil fertility.
Includes SoilWeb Apps.
Resources from the United States Department of Agriculture
Repository covering a variety of agricultural topics, such as agronomy, genomics, hydrology, soils, agro-ecosystems, sustainability science, and economics. Data included in the Ag Data Commons is funded in whole or in part by USDA.
Natural Resources Conservation Service
An introduction to the living component of soil and how it contributes to agricultural productivity and air and water quality. The online Primer includes chapters describing the soil food web and its relationship to soil health and chapters about soil bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes, arthropods, and earthworms.
These official soil series descriptions are descriptions of the taxa in the series category of the national system of classification.
Available in English and Spanish.
Soil maps and GIS resources.
Includes information on the history of soil surveys, how to use soil surveys, and links to online soil surveys
Provides both tabular and spatial data and allows you to create a custom soil resource report for your specific area of interest.
Published Soil Surveys for California counties. For historical soil surveys (not in the web soil survey) that say ‘archived pdf online’, information on viewing the maps can be found here.
National conservation practice standards, assessment data, maps, and analysis.
Resources from the Food and Agriculture Organization (United Nations)
A raster database that combines existing regional and national updates of soil information worldwide with the information contained within the 1:5 000 000 scale FAO-UNESCO Soil Map of the World (FAO, 1971-1981). Display or query composition in terms of soil units, and soil parameters (organic Carbon, pH, water storage capacity, soil depth, cation exchange capacity of the soil and the clay fraction, total exchangeable nutrients, lime and gypsum contents, sodium exchange percentage, salinity, textural class and granulometry).
Includes links to regional and national soil maps and datasets.
Soil class and property information from more than 100,000 soil profiles worldwide, compiled and harmonized by the International Soil Reference and Information Centre for over 50 years. Online access to 8,000 maps and 15,000 reports and books, digitized from what may be the world’s largest library on soils.
Climate Data Online (National Climate Data Center, NOAA)
Provides downloadable data from weather stations worldwide, free to users from educational institutions by request. Hourly data available include: temperature, precipitation, wind speed and wind direction.
Environmental Protection Agency Publications (National Service Center for Environmental Publications, US EPA)
A searchable database of digitized EPA publications.