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Converting the legend of the Soil Map of Belgium into the World Reference Base for Soil Resources: Strenght and constraints of using WRB as a map legend
[fr] Conversion de la légende de la Carte des Sols de la Belgique dans le système WRB : forces et contraintes de l'utilisation de la WRB en tant que légende de cartes
Dondeyne, Stefaan []
Bouhon, Antoine []
Legrain, Xavier mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Sciences et technologie de l'environnement > Science du sol >]
Baert, Geert []
Vancampenhout, Karen []
Ampe, Carole []
Cools, Nathalie []
Engels, Patrick []
Langohr, Roger []
Van Ranst, Eric []
Chapelle, Jean []
Deckers, Jozef []
Senesi, N., ed. Eurosoil 2012 - Soil Science for the benefit of mankind and environment, 2-6 July, 2012, Bari, Italy. Bari: Selecto.
4th International Congress of the European Confederation of Soil Science Societies (ECSSS) - Eurosoil 2012 - Soil Science for the benefit of mankind and environment
2-6 July 2012
Prof. Nicola Senesi (Eurosoil 2012 and ECSSS President)
[en] soil map ; Belgium ; WRB ; legend
[fr] carte des sols ; Belgique ; WRB ; légende
[en] Within the European Union, there is a general interest to prepare joint soil maps at a 1:250000
scale in order to harmonise agricultural and environmental policies. The World Reference Base for
Soil Resources (WRB) has been adopted as the common soil classification system within the EU.
As soil surveys in most member states were conducted independently, the challenge is now to
convert the national legends into a common WRB legend. Based on our experiences from
converting the legend of the Soil Map of Belgium to WRB, we discuss the strengths and constraints
of using WRB for both large scale (1:50000) and small scale (1:250000) maps. By using WRB
Reference Soil Groups with one or two main qualifiers, the principal soil information of the original
1:20000 scale Soil Map of Belgium can be represented. Inevitably the conversion to WRB leads to
some loss of information as details on soil texture, drainage and substratum get generalised into
broader categories in WRB. This generalisation however can be neatly presented on 1:50000
scale maps. Being less complex than the original maps, these maps have the advantage to
provide better insights into the regional soil geography. Moreover, as they are built on international
classification concepts, the historical soil maps are made accessible to a wider audience. The
conversion into WRB units also allowed for a straightforward generalisation and production of small
scale maps (1:250000) which should be suitable for producing a soil map at European level.
Projet de Cartographie Numérique des Sols de Wallonie (PCNSW)
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