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SAFARI 2000 Soil Types, 0.5-Deg Grid (Modified Zobler)

Data Set Overview

Data setSAFARI 2000 Soil Types, 0.5-Deg Grid (Modified Zobler)
Release date2002-07-26
ProjectSouthern African Regional Science Initiative Project (SAFARI 2000)
Time period1974-01-01 to 1981-12-31

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Downloads1892007-12-112017-03-16545 total files downloaded


A SAFARI 2000 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. The resolution of the data set was not actually increased. Rather, the 1-degree squares were divided into four 0.5-degree squares with the necessary adjustment of continental boundaries and islands.

Data set documentation


Post, W.M. 2002. SAFARI 2000 Soil Types, 0.5-Deg Grid (Modified Zobler). ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.

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Data File (Granule)File SizeDates
s_contcode.dat 17.8KB 1974-01-01 - 1981-12-31
s_soil_type.dat 31.1KB 1974-01-01 - 1981-12-31

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Data set has 3 companion files.

  • zobler.legend
  • zobler_readme.pdf
  • readme.txt