Soil Characterisation Sites and Data Sheets

Dataset Number1117
Dataset TitleSoil Characterisation Sites and Data Sheets
CustodianData Authority: Department for Environment and Water
Data Provider: Department for Environment and Water


DescriptionSoil Characterisation Site dataset contains over 1,100 representative sites across the agricultural zone of South Australia, where descriptions by soil scientists have been made of morphology, chemical and physical properties, and landscape features of a range of soils. These sites have been selected to represent the variations of soils across southern South Australia. At these sites, backhoe or excavator pits were dug to depths of 150-200 cm. Profiles were photographed and described according to guidelines detailed in the Australian Soil and Land Survey Field Handbook (Yellow Book). Samples were taken from each layer, dried, ground and analysed for a range of properties relevant to plant growth and agricultural land management. Data from these sites has been entered into the SA Soil Site Database. Descriptions and laboratory data have been recorded at morphological horizons (down the profile) at each site. The information obtained has been used to inform the mapping of the Land and Soil Spatial Data of Southern South Australia. For further information see Mapping soil and land. A Data Sheet (report) is available for each Soil Characterisation Site, which is accessible from NatureMaps (>Soils). Spatial data downloads are available from Data SA.
UsageUSE: Used to supply government, community groups, industry and the general public with up to date land and soils information for South Australia.

Data Quality

LineageSoil Characterisation Sites have been located on a cadastral basemap and digitized into GIS, however over recent years, coordinates have been taken from a GPS. Data is stored in GDA94, and supplied in Lambert Conformal Conic projection.
CompletenessThe Soil Characterisation Sites dataset is 100% complete, however it is subject to amendment as and when more data becomes available.
Positional Accuracy10 metres

Geographic Extent

Extent NameAgricultural Region - South Australia
Min Easting or Longitude132.25
Min Northing or Latitude-38
Max Easting or Longitude141
Max Northing or Latitude-32.25

Dataset Status

Initially Acquired01-JAN-2000
Last Updated01-OCT-2014
Update FrequencyAs required
Maintenance MethodAs required
AusGOALCC BY (Attribution)


TableNameField AliasData TypeDescription
LANDSCAPE.Soils_CharacterisationSitesSITE_NO textUnique code to identify Soil Characterisation Site. The first two characters refer to the Region and Subregion.
LANDSCAPE.Soils_CharacterisationSitesRAIN_ANNUAL short integerAnnual rainfall
LANDSCAPE.Soils_CharacterisationSitesREPORT textName of Soil Characterisation Site Data Sheet.

Contact Information

OrganisationDepartment for Environment and Water
Science Monitoring and Knowledge
Postal AddressGPO Box 1047