Indicative Soil Bulk Density mapping based on Irish Soils Information System

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Bulk density (BD) reflects the soil?s ability to function for structural support, water and solute movement, and soil aeration and also allows concentration data of elements to be presented on a mass and/or volume basis. It is used to express soil physical, chemical and biological measurements on a volumetric basis for assessment of soil ecosystem services and thus comparisons between management systems.

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Theme Environment
Date released 2015-09-30
Date updated 2020-08-18
Dataset conforms to these standards The INSPIRE Directive or INSPIRE lays down a general framework for a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for the purposes of European Community environmental policies and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment.
Rights notes {"Data is for public use under Creative Commons CC-By 4.0",,license,,license}
Update frequency Other
Language English
Geographic coverage in GeoJSON format {"type":"Polygon","coordinates":[[[-10.47472, 51.44555],[-10.47472, 55.37999], [-6.01306, 55.37999], [-6.01306, 51.44555], [-10.47472, 51.44555]]]}
Spatial Reference Systems (SRS) TM65 / Irish Grid (EPSG:29902)
Vertical Extent {"maxVerticalExtent": "1014", "verticalDomainName": "EPSG Projection 5731 - Malin Head height", "minVerticalExtent": "0"}
Provenance information This map is designed for general information and strategic planning usage. The boundaries are based on compiled, photogrammetric or modelled evidence and local details have been generalised to fit the map scale. Enlargement of these maps to scales greater than that at which they were originally mapped can cause misunderstanding of the detail of mapping. If enlarged, maps do not show the small areas of contrasting soil that could have been shown at a larger scale. The depicted soil boundaries and interpretations derived from them do not eliminate the need for onsite sampling, testing, and detailed study of specific sites for intensive uses. Thus, this map and its interpretations are intended for general planning and information purposes only. Users are responsible for the appropriate application of this map. Digital data files are periodically updated. Files are dated, and users are responsible for obtaining the latest version of the data. While every effort is made in preparing the dataset no responsibility is accepted by or on behalf of Teagasc or the Environmental Protection Agency for any errors, omissions or misleading information. Teagasc or The Environmental Protection Agency accept no responsibility whatsoever for loss or damage occasioned or claimed to have been occasioned, in part or in full, as a consequence of any person acting, or refraining from acting, as a result of a matter contained in this dataset or as a consequence of using this dataset for any purpose whatsoever. Soil formation is dependent upon geology, climate, vegetation, altitude, landform shape and finally management over time. The soil landscapes we see in Ireland today are a consequence of the changing climatic conditions over the last 100,000 years (with periods of glaciation, the last of which was 12,000 years ago) and the management of land by farmers. Using information about the geology, climate, landform and vegetation, this project has been able to develop the key relationships found between soils and these key factors in Ireland and uses it to predict areas of soils that had not been previously mapped in detail (i.e. by the original soil survey (An Foras TalĂșntais (AFT)) which took place between 1950s and 1990s and covered c. 44% of Ireland). This work was followed up by a 2.5-year field survey describing the soils found in previously unmapped areas. The final product is a national soils map at the 1:250,000 scale, derived from a unique combination of new and traditional methodologies and soils data from both the AFT and the SIS project; and an associated soil information system which will be available to all, along with associated derived soil property maps.
Period of time covered (begin) 2015-09-30
Period of time covered (end) 2015-09-30

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