Data Set ID:

Northern Circumpolar Soils Map, Version 1

This data set consists of a circumpolar map of dominant soil characteristics, with a scale of 1:10,000,000, covering the United States, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, northern Europe, Russia, Mongolia, and Kazakhstan. The map was created using the Northern and Mid Latitude Soil Database. The map is in ESRI Shapefile format, consisting of 11 regional areas.. Polygons have attributes that give the percentage polygon area that is a given soil type. The map shows the dominant soil of the spatial polygon unless the polygon is over 90 percent rock or ice. It also shows the proportion of polygon encompassed by the dominant soil or nonsoil. Soils include turbels, orthels, histels, histosols, mollisols, vertisols, aridisols, andisols, entisols, spodosols, inceptisols (and hapludolls), alfisols (cryalf and udalf), natric great groups, aqu-suborders, glaciers, and rocklands. Data are available via ftp.

This is the most recent version of these data.

  • Soils > Permafrost > PERMAFROST
  • Frozen Ground > Permafrost > PERMAFROST
  • Snow/Ice > Permafrost > PERMAFROST
  • Soils > Soil Classification > SOIL CLASSIFICATION
Data Format(s):
  • ESRI Shapefile
Spatial Coverage:
N: 90, 
S: 45, 
E: 180, 
W: -180
Platform(s):Not specified
Spatial Resolution:Not SpecifiedSensor(s):Not specified
Temporal Coverage:Not specified Version(s):V1
Temporal ResolutionNot specifiedMetadata XML:View Metadata Record
Data Contributor(s):Charles Tarnocai

Geographic Coverage

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Tarnocai, C., J. Kimble, D. Swanson, S. Goryachkin, Y. M. Naumov, V. Stolbovoi, B. Jakobsen, G. Broll, L. Montanarella, A. Arnoldussen, O. Arnalds, and M. Yli-Halla. 2002. Northern Circumpolar Soils Map, Version 1. [Indicate subset used]. Ottawa, Canada. Research Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. doi: [Date Accessed].

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