Contact Caroline Keay

Areas of expertise

  • Carbon, Climate and Risk
  • Digital Agriculture
  • Environmental Policy
  • Natural Capital
  • Soil
  • Soil Resources


Caroline Keay is responsible for the management of the Land Information System (LandIS), maintaining a range of reference documents and a comprehensive knowledge of the soil data holdings of NSRI.

University of Edinburgh BSc 1987 Ecological Science with honours in Resource Management 

  • Cranfield University MSc 2010 Land Management (specialisation in Soil Management) 
  • 1987-88 Training Course in Arboriculture and New Technology, Essex County Council

Current activities

  • Project management for the LandIS support contract funded by Defra including writing project proposals and reports
  • Managing a small team to meet the requirements of the LandIS support contract
  • Hardware and Software specification and procurement
  • Managing the data lease activities of the LandIS group
  • Extracting and manipulating LandIS data for various clients, using Oracle tools and ESRI ARCView for spatial representation
  • Research into the effect of Climate Change on Agricultural Land Classification in England and Wales
  • Producing map based data for the definition of Areas facing Natural Constraint
  • Developing an online guide to the Soils of England and Wales (available at
  • Principal contact point for the UK National Reference Centre for Soils within the EIONET
  • Links with European Soil organisations including the Joint Research Centre, Ispra 
  • Helping to develop new standards for the INSPIRE programme and ISO standards for Soil data
  • Undertaking the First Aid at Work training course


  • Defra
  • English Nature
  • Welsh Government
  • Environment Agency


Articles In Journals

Conference Papers

  • Hallett SH & Keay CA (2010) Requirements and use for soil data at the EU level. In: European Soil Bureau Network (ESBN) Annual Congress, Brussels, DG Environment, 21 September 2010.
  • Hallett SH, Ozden DM, Keay CA, Colombo BJ, Koral A, Keskin S & Bradley RI (2002) A Land Information System for Turkey ? A Resource for Future Sustainable Development.. In: The Future of the Mediterranean Rural Environment: Prospects for Sustainable Land Use and Management, Menemen, Turkey, 8 May 2002.


  • Keay CA & Hannam JA (2013) Soil Data from the United Kingdom (England and Wales). In: European HYdropedological Data Inventory (EU-HYDI). Weynands M, Montanarella L, Toth G (ed.), Luxembourg: European Union, p. 111-115, ed. JRC 81129.
  • Proctor ME, Siddons PA, Jones RJA, Bellamy PH & Keay CA (1998) Land Information Systems for sustainable development in the UK. In: Land Information Systems: Developments fro planning the sustainable use of land resources, Office for the Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, p. 219-234.