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WRB soil type classification

    Jiri Brazda

    Hello everybody,

    We would like to convert our soil type classification into WRB and then use it in INSPIRE.  According to INSPIRE, the object WRB Soil Name Type is defined as "an identification of the soil profile according to  "World Reference Base for Soil Resources 2006, first update 2007", World Soil Resources Reports No. 103. FAO, Rome".

    But nowadays, there is available a newer version of WRB from 2014. Is it possible to use this newer version in INSPIRE or we must use the defined version?

    Thank you for reply.


        Hi Jiri,

        in the data specs for soil is written:
        Note that the WRBSoilName is of type WRBSoilNameType that allows to give WRBSoilName a value according to the WRB structure defined for the WRB2006 update 2007 or later versions. The reference to the WRB version which is actually used is encoded through the values taken from the WRB related codelists (WRBReferenceSoilGroupValue, WRBQualifierValue, WRBSpecifierValue and
        WRBQualifierPlaceValue). If a SoilProfile is to be characterized by earlier versions of WRB (e.g. 1998), the other SoilName attribute should be used.

        So it is safe to use the newer version of 2014, but is should be documented at least in the metadata. Also the INSPIRE registries should be adapted to include the new version, and maybe even the system how to construct the full name. (I have not gone into such detail yet)