World Soil Survey Archive and Catalogue

Welcome to WOSSAC

WOSSAC Archive
WOSSAC Archive facilities

The WOSSAC Archive is based at Cranfield University, UK. The archive itself comprises many parts. We have the soil reports section, the soil maps and albums section, a soil books section, an aerial photography section, and a satellite imagery section.

We are constantly seeking the ways and means to improve and develop the WOSSAC facilities. Most significantly, the University undertook the move of the collection from the former Cranfield Silsoe campus to the main Cranfield campus. As part of this, the facilities provided have been greatly improved.

Most significantly, Cranfield University management have committed to a building programme to develop a custom built facility on-campus that for the first time will draw together all the components of the archive, which until now have necessarily been distributed. This will entail a significant investment and indeed commitment to the archive by the university. Building work is expected to commence in late 2017, taking 2 years for completion.

The WOSSAC Archive holds extensive materials for countries and territories worldwide - some countries of which enjoy a better depth of coverage and representation than others. Statistics are provided here, providing the list of these countries and territories and the number of holdings. The map shown here portrays the global coverage of the WOSSAC holdings - georeferenced holdings are denoted by a dot on the map. (click on map to enlarge)

WOSSAC holdings by territory