Cranfield University is pleased to announce that the UK Soil Observatory (UKSO) has this week won the Association for Geographic Information (AGI) Award for Excellence with Impact.

The award recognises projects which have achieved outstanding success or impact, measured against societal, humanitarian, environmental or financial benchmarks.

The UKSO project incorporates data from Cranfield and other soil information organisations/providers. Informatics techniques were used to publish the soils data from Cranfield and this data was then collected over the internet and displayed by the UKSO web portal.

Knowing the soil properties across the UK helps decisions to be made across a broad range of applications, such as determining land suitability for different crop types, the range of land use capabilities, and environmental impact assessments.

Cranfield University’s Dr Stephen Hallett said: “Winning the AGI Award for Excellence with Impact has served to highlight the technical and scientific achievements of the UKSO consortium. UKSO has drawn together information from all the significant organisations working with soil, collating it in a state-of-the-art, attractive and easy-to-use web portal”.

The UKSO allows practitioner and public alike a window into the wealth of information collected in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland concerning that most precious resource - soil.

Wet soil land

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