World Soil Survey Archive and Catalogue

Welcome to WOSSAC

Photographic archive

SoilPIC Photographic project

Soil profile pit and related landscape photography

The WOSSAC project holds and manage an exciting new initiative between BSSS and Cranfield University - SoilPIC, a soils photographic image archive of many thousands of images. Implemented as a seperate, managed 'wiki' website at http://www.soilsworldwide.net, this initiative forms a new sister website to Wossac which will become a focal point for the receipt and dissemination of a wide variety of high-quality photographs relating to soil and the soil-environment. These images are made available to scholars and interested parties.

We are continuing to gather, scan and publish materials and the next stage will be collating the images into categories as indicated below. Please contact us with any comments.


Future Soil Protection

  1. Biological Diversity
  2. Food Safety and Health
  3. Population and Food
  4. Population and Infrastructure
  5. Sustainable Soils
  6. Waste Disposal
  7. Water Resource Management

Global Soil Issues

  1. Carbon Cycle
  2. Climate Change
  3. Feeding the World
  4. Hydrological Cycle
  5. Nitrogen Cycle
  6. Nutrient Cycle
  7. Oxygen Cycle

 Living Soil

  1. Macrofauna
  2. Macroflora
  3. Mesofauna
  4. Microfauna
  5. Microflora

Soil Composition

  1. Components
  2. Macrostructure
  3. Microstructure
  4. Soil Air
  5. Soil Water
  6. Texture

Soil Forming Influences

  1. Climate
  2. Human Influence
  3. Landscapes and Relief
  4. Parent Material
  5. Time
  6. Vegetation

Soil Processes

  1. Calcification
  2. Leaching
  3. Lessivage
  4. Podsolisation
  5. Rubification
  6. Salinisation
  7. Shrinking and Swelling
  8. Weathering

Soil Threats

  1. Acid Rain
  2. Building on Soils
  3. Deforestation
  4. Desertification
  5. Loss of Biodiversity
  6. Loss of Organic Matter
  7. Salt Encroachment
  8. Soil Compaction
  9. Soil Erosion
  10. Soil Pollution

 Soil Use

  1. Agriculture
  2. Archaeology
  3. Buildings and Infrastructure
  4. Flora
  5. Forestry
  6. Gardening and Horticulture
  7. Hydrology
  8. Soil Quality and Planning
  9. Soils and Health

This list is subject to change and modification. If you would like to know more about this project, please visit http://www.soilsworldwide.net

Contributing to SoilPIC

Find out how to contribute your own photograhs

If you would like to contribute some of your soils-related photographic collection to share with other SoilPIC users we would like to hear from you. In order to expedite the acceptance of photographs to the site, please will you complete and return the SoilPIC donor agreement form. Photos, and associated descriptive metadata can be accepted in most electronic formats. Descriptive metadata should be provided for any images provided to assist identification and description of the images. We are using a 'metadata' scheme based on the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set (DCMES) standard.

Here is an example of the descriptive data required and a template that can be used, with a record completed for each photo contributed.

Rendzina example   Template (Excel)

For more details, please contact us