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Global Soil Types, 0.5-Degree Grid (Modified Zobler)

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Data setGlobal Soil Types, 0.5-Degree Grid (Modified Zobler)
Release date2000-05-19
ProjectSoil Collection
Time Period1974-01-01 to 1982-01-01


A global data set of soil types is available at 0.5-degree latitude by 0.5-degree longitude resolution. There are 106 soil units, based on Zobler's (1986) assessment of the FAO/UNESCO Soil Map of the World. This data set is a conversion of the Zobler 1-degree resolution version to a 0.5-degree resolution.


Data set reference document


Post, W.M., and L. Zobler. 2000. Global Soil Types, 0.5-Degree Grid (Modified Zobler). ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.
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Soil Collection: The ORNL DAAC compiles, archives, and distributes data on the physical and chemical properties of soils. The data are gridded at spatial scales ranging from regional to global.

Companion Files

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  • zsoiltype_key.txt
  • README_images
  • ordering_original_zobler_doc.htm
  • ZoblerSoilDerived1.pdf
  • postzobler.jpg
  • cont_codes.txt
  • readme.txt

Data Files

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Data File (Granule)File SizeDates
contcode.dat 521.8KB 1974-01-01 - 1981-12-31
contcode.e00 3.7MB 1974-01-01 - 1981-12-31
contizob.half 1.8MB 1974-01-01 - 1982-01-01
z_soiltype.dat 974.9KB 1974-01-01 - 1981-12-31
z_soiltype.e00 3.7MB 1974-01-01 - 1981-12-31

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