Land Resources

FAO Land Resources - Digital Media Series

# 35 - Harmonized World Soil Database

In the context of a complete update of the global agro-ecological zones study, FAO and IIASA combined existing regional and national updates of soil information worldwide and incorporated these with the information contained within the 1:5 000 000 scale FAOUNESCO Soil Map of the World. In order to do this, partnerships were sought with the International Soil Reference and Information Centre (ISRIC – World Soil Information) who has with FAO been largely responsible for the development of regional Soil and Terrain databases and with the European Soil Bureau Network (ESBN) who had undertaken a major update of soil information for Europe and northern Eurasia in recent years. The incorporation of the 1:1 000 000 scale Soil Map of China was an essential addition obtained through the cooperation with the Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences. In order to estimate soil properties in a harmonized way the use of actual soil profile data and the development of pedo-transfer rules was undertaken in cooperation with ISRIC and ESBN drawing on the WISE soil profile database.
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# 34 - Global Map of Irrigated Areas

The latest version of the "Global Map of Irrigation Areas" is version 4.0.1. The map shows the amount of area equipped for irrigation around the turn of the twenty-first century as a percentage of the total area on a raster with a resolution of 5 arc minutes. The area actually irrigated was smaller, but is unknown for most countries. A special note has to be made for Australia and India where the map shows the total area actually irrigated. This is due to the fact that statistics collected in Australia and India refer to actually irrigated area as opposed to statistics with area equipped for irrigation which are collected in most other countries. The CD-ROM contains full documentation of the map; including an explanation of the methodology, information per country, an assessment of the map quality, and references to the background and history of the irrigation mapping project.
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# 33 - Soil and Terrain Database for Central Africa

The compilation of a Soils and Terrain database for Central Africa (SOTERCAF) forms a part of the ongoing activities to update the world’s baseline information on natural resources. The present SOTERCAF database has been compiled by merging all existing data on soils in the Central Africa region. The data and maps have been compiled using standardized SOTER procedures and resulted in a soil and terrain database for the Democratic Republic of Congo at a scale of 1:2 Million with a total of 144 SOTER units, for Burundi and Rwanda both at a scale of 1:1 Million with a total of 56 and 41 SOTER units respectively. About one hundred and sixty described and analyzed soil profiles have been included in the database. Landform and lithological information is also included. The SOTER-GIS files are presented in ArcInfo@ format as coverage and export files with geographic coordinates in decimal degrees and with datum WGS84. SOTER attribute data have been stored in a relational database system in MSAccess@ format. A number of thematic maps –landform, lithology, dominant soils- are presented in Arcinfo@ shape files.
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# 32 - Agro-Maps, a global spatial database of subnational agricultural land-use statistics

The Agro-MAPS database contains statistics aggregated by subnational administrative districts, on food crop production, harvested area and yields, for one or more years, for more than 130 countries. The data are being used, among others, in studies on land degradation, climate change, policy formulation, land-use planning and investments in sustainable agriculture. Users can interactively query the database, display search results as maps, and download data in a variety of formats.
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# 31 - Properties and management of drylands

The intention of this information tool is to serve as a major source of information for dryland experts and development planners as well as for the interested general public. It contains general information on drylands and specialized information on dryland management practices and strategies. It also comprises diagnosis/ assessments of dryland conditions, comprehensive case studies and lessons learnt, assessment methodologies for land degradation in drylands based on both traditional knowledge and scientific information.
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30 - Methods and materials in soil conservation

This manual summarizes the factors that control soil erosion. For developers the ideal project cycle from feasibility, through investigation, design, construction and planned maintenance is discussed. The role of land classification in this approach is illustrated. Finally, the methods available to mitigate soil erosion are discussed, the design principles are summarized and the selection and specification of materials is described.
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# 29 - Sistema de Información de Recursos de Tierras (SIRT)

El presente CD-ROM es una nueva iniciativa de la FAO para promover los SIRT, en base a experiencias concretas y reuniones de expertos, llevadas a cabo en América Latina, con el fin de sensibilizar a los encargados de tomar decisiones en el ámbito del desarrollo rural y medio ambiente para que incorporen los SIRT como herramienta para realizar una mejor gestión y un gasto público más eficiente por medio de una focalización territorial.
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# 28 - Photo library on soil erosion processes

The trilingual photo library is a complementary and technically annotated photography annex to the "Guidelines for mapping and measurement of rainfall-induced erosion processes in the Mediterranean coastal areas" [United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Mediterranean Action Plan and the Priority Action Programme], which are also included on this CD ROM and gives guidelines and illustrations for mapping soil erosion processes.
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# 27 - Conservation of natural resources for sustainable agriculture: training modules

The objectives of these training modules are to raise awareness of CA benefits and to provide materials for technical training for promoters who are much in demand at training, seminars and field days. This CD-ROM provides practical information about the different principles of conservation of natural resources for sustainable agriculture. The training guide consists of the following modules: concepts and principles of Conservation Agriculture; cover crops; soil (organic matter and biological activity, soil quality assessment, preventing compaction, fertility, moisture); tools and equipment; weeds; pests and diseases; livestock; economic benefits and exercises for learning-by-doing.
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# 26 - Training Course on Water Harvesting

This CD ROM provides training modules and other relevant material on water harvesting in five languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Spanish) focusing on 'runoff farming systems' for improved production of crops, trees and rangeland species in drought-prone areas. The objective of this training materials are (i) to raise awareness of technical staff, extension workers and other stakeholders on the water harvesting options available and (ii) to build local capacity on the use of available data for adequate planning, systematic design and sustainable implementation of water harvesting systems.
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# 25 - Soil and Terrain Database for Southern Africa

This CD ROM contains the Soil and Terrain Database (SOTERSAF) for eight countries in southern Africa. Additional soil information and maps for selected countries are also included.
The scale of the maps presented varies between 1:1 Million and 1:2.5 Million
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# 24 - Properties and management of soils of the tropics

This CD is a complete reworked and updated version of the standard textbook written by Professor Armand van Wambeke on tropical soils in a user-friendly, interactive format.
It describes the tropical environment and its influence on the formation of soils, their properties and their management. Slides of the major soil types and tropical landscapes complete the text.
The CD-ROM is intended as a learning tool on tropical soils for students and agronomists alike. All tropical soils are discussed within the framework of the World Reference Base for Soil Resources.
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# 23 - The Multilingual Soil Profile Database (SDBm Plus)

SDBm Plus is a collection of programs incorporated into a menu-based interactive
user interface to enter soils data into a database and manage the database. It is useful for storage of primary soils information assembled at national level, or data collected in subnational or local soil surveys. Data storage is greatly facilitated by the multilingual function providing help menus in English, French, Spanish and German.
SDBm Plus is one of the components of FAO/AGLL’s GIS-based decision support
tools for land resources analysis, and of the MicroLEIS land evaluation system.
SDBm data can be used in various applications, including land evaluation for
sustainable land use and management and soil monitoring.
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# 22 - Training Modules on Conservation Agriculture

The purpose of these training modes is to support the promotion of Conservation Agriculture at community level. The modules provide practical information about the different principles of Conservation Agriculture.
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# 21 - Global Agro-ecological Assessment for Agriculture in the 21 st Century

This CD-ROM contains information on soil, terrain and climatic conditions worldwide, which forms the basis for a global assessment of potential crop productivity. Numerous downloadable maps, tables, a report on the methodology and results, and an executive summary report illustrating the main findings may be also found here. This product replaces and expands # 11 of this CD-ROM Series.
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# 20 - TERRASTAT - Global land resources GIS models and databases for poverty and food insecurity mapping

The computer programmes on this CD-ROM display and export different biophysical themes ranging from specific soil constraints and climatic parameters to land degradation status at national and/or global level. These outputs are linked in tabular format with the population and population density in each of the biophysical zones identified.
Out of Stock. Several GIS layers are available in GeoNetwork.
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# 19 - Major Soils of the World

This CD-ROM is released in conjunction with World Soil Resources Reports No. 94:
"Lecture Notes on the Major Soils of the World". In addition to the complete
(hyperlinked) text of the book, it contains many additional pictures, a slideshow with
a virtual tour of soils and landscapes and a typical soil profile for each of the thirty
reference soil groups of the World Reference Base for Soil Resources.
In total more than 550 slides and pictures illustrate the lecture notes.
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# 18 - Conservation Agriculture

This CD-ROM contains detailed information and literature about Conservation Agriculture to improve the knowledge base of those interested in this concept of sustainable agriculture. It will provide technical staff as well as policy- and decision- makers with information and arguments that will help to support, promote and introduce Conservation Agriculture.
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# 17 - International E-mail Conference on Irrigation Management Transfer

This CD-ROM contains all information and documents posted on the Conference Web Site. It includes all interventions made by the participants of the international E-mail Conference on Irrigation Management Transfer organized from June to October 2001 by the Land and Water Development Division of FAO and the International Network on Participatory Irrigation Management (INPIM), with the support of the Ford Foundation. The purpose of the e-mail conference was to provide a global forum to identify and share key issues and lessons gained from experiences around the world on transferring the management of irrigation.
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# 16 - Knowledge makes a difference - WOCAT Video

This CD-ROM contains a video presentation of WOCAT (World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies) in English, French and Spanish
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# 15 - AEZWIN - An interactive multiple-choice analysis tool for land resources appraisal

This CD-ROM presents the recently developed Windows-based software package for agro-ecological zoning analysis at the national and subnational levels, including models for land suitability and land productivity assessment and a user interface to multi-objective land use optimization. The software package allows models to be generated interactively corresponding to various scenarios of land use and then to be analysed using modular multiple-criteria model analysis tools.
The package is illustrated by the example of a detailed Kenya AEZ study.
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# 14 -Participatory Training and Extension in Farmers' Water Management

This CD-ROM provides guidelines, procedures and relevant material for the development of a participatory training and extension programme for technical staff, extension workers and other stakeholders, to assist farmers to take charge of water management at field and scheme level and adopt, in a sustainable manner appropriate water technologies. The programme is particular relevant to irrigation management transfer programmes to assist water users' associations in the operation and maintenance of the farmers' irrigation systems and to smallholder irrigation programmes to give guidance to farmers in adopting efficient water control technologies.
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# 13 -Atlas of Water Resources and Irrigation in Africa

The Land and Water Development Division of FAO is developing a global information system of water and agriculture with the objective to provide users with comprehensive information on the state of agricultural water management across the world. The system will help assessing the role of irrigation in global food production and the relation between irrigation and water scarcity. The system combines classical country-based statistics on all aspects of agricultural water management (water resources and use, irrigation, drainage, etc.), known as AQUASTAT, and a set of maps, data and models combined through a Geographical Information System (GIS). Africa is the first continent for which the information system has been completed.
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# 12 -Irrigation Guidelines on CD-ROM

The objective of this CD-ROM is to present a collection of irrigation guidelines for small- to medium-scale irrigation schemes (up to 1 000 ha). The aim is not solely to present existing irrigation guidelines on a CD-ROM but to use the interactive potential of this medium to assist the user in extracting information and data from the guidelines for specific purposes. A menu-driven media tool for easy orientation on the subject and for a wide range of applications has been developed for a variety of potential users.
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On-line IES- Irrigation Equipment Supply Database


anker:cd32# 11 - Global Agro-ecological Zones

This CD-ROM contains information on soil, terrain and climatic conditions worldwide, which forms the basis for a global assessment of potential crop productivity. Numerous downloadable maps, tables and a report on the methodology and results illustrate the findings. Contact for technical information
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anker:cd10# 10 - Soil and Terrain Database, Land Degradation Status and Soil Vulnerability Assessment for Central and Eastern Europe

This CD-ROM contains information in the form of databases, maps and reports on soil, on the soil degradation status and gives a soil vulnerability assessment for eleven metals in thirteen countries in central and eastern Europe. Available as download from ISRIC
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# 9 (rev.)- World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies III

This CD-ROM Version 3.0 illustrates the WOCAT methodology and contains an introduction to WOCAT; databases of SWC technologies, approaches and maps; questionnaires; addresses; guidelines; a slide presentation; various reports and aglossary.
WOCAT was established as a global network of SWC specialists. Its mission is to provide tools that allow Soil and Water Conservation (SWC) specialists to share their valuable knowledge in soil and water management, that assist them in their search for appropriate SWC technologies and approaches, and that support them in making decisions in the field and at the planning level.
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# 8 - Integrated Planning for Sustainable Resource Management of Land Resources

In collaboration with UNEP, FAO has developed an improved planning framework for land resorces development and management that addresses the problems recognized during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The main document on this CD-ROM, "The Future of Our Land: Facing the Challenge", is the third in a series of three publications which introduce these new concepts and propose an integrated planning approach for sustainable management of land resources based on an interactive partnership between governments and people. The approach is centered on the concept of stakeholders and their objectives, and the role of government in creating the conditions within which rural people can use their land resources productively and sustainably.
Several examples from different projects worldwide illustrate the importance of the key elements of the approach in creating an enabling environment that makes it possible to address the common concern to manage land sustainably for the benefit of present and future generations.
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anker:cd7# 7 - Soil and Physiographic Database for North and Central Eurasia

This CD contains information on soil and terrain resouces in North and Central Eurasia, more specifically for the countries of the CIS and Baltic states, China and Mongolia. The information is stored in Arc/Info export format.
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# 6 -SIMIS - Scheme Irrigation Management Information System

SIMIS (Scheme Irrigation Management Information System) is a decision support system aimed at assisting the managers and staff of irrigation systems in their daily tasks. A SIMIS project stores information about climate, soils, crops, irrigation network, land tenure, land use and the maintenance needs of an irrigation scheme. SIMIS processes information to provide crop water requirements and estimate irrigation needs at farm and canal level. By interacting with the user it generates water delivery schedules for different modalities of water distribution (proportional, rotational and semi-demand) and seasonal irrigation plans. SIMIS also provides support on accounting, calculating water fees, maintenance control and performance indicators. Please note that this product is no longer supported.

anker:cd5# 5 - Soils and Terrain Digital Database for Latin America and the Caribbean

This CD-ROM contains information on the soil and terrain resources of Latin America and the Caribbean compiled according to the soil and terrain database methodology (SOTER). Information is stored in a relational database and in Arc/Info export format. An independent viewer programme allows access to all major information contained in the CD-ROM.
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anker:cd4# 4 - ECOCROP 1 + 2

Ecocrop 1 is a tool to identify plant species for given environments and uses. The database contains basic crop environmental information and permits the identification of more than 2100 plant species of economic importance whose most important climate and soil requirements match the data on soil and climate entered by the user.
Ecocrop 2 is a tool to record, organize, compare and use crop response studies to environmental and management factors. The database holds crop response information of varieties of 20 crops of world wide economic importance.
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anker:cd3# 3 - The WOCAT CD-ROM (rev. 2)

This CD-ROM illustrates the WOCAT methodology and contains preliminary datasets and results. WOCAT (World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies) is an international programme launched by the World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASCW). The CD-ROM contains a programme profile, addresses, preliminary databases of SWC technologies, approaches, maps, a multimedia presentation, questionnaires, various reports with first results, and a glossary. All data are preliminary, subject to amendments by the contributors !
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anker:cd2# 2 - Soil and Terrain Database for northeastern Africa

This CD-ROM contains a collection of land and natural resource information for northeastern Africa, in particular for the IGAD countries bordering the Nile basin. It includes data on administrative boundaries, rivers and lakes, soil and terrain, climatology, land use, physiography, geology and natural vegetation in easily accessible format.
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anker:cd1# 1 - Digital Soil Map of the World and derived soil properites (Rev. 1)

This CD-ROM contains the Digital Soil Map of the World in various formats, verctor as well as raster, supported by most GIS software. The base material is the FAO/UNESCO Soil Map of the World at an original scale of 1:5 million. Programs and data files give tabular country information on soil characteristics and derived soil properties from the map are included, such as pH, organic carbon content and soil moisture storage capability.
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January 2010
# 37 - Irrigation manual

Irrigation manual: Planning, development, monitoring and evaluation of irrigated agriculture with farmer participation

This CD-Rom aspires to strengthen the engineering, agronomic, economic aspects, social, health and environmental aspects of irrigation development.


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May 2009
# 36 - ETo Calculator

ETo calculator is a software developed by the Land and Water Division of FAO. Its main function is to calculate Reference evapotranspiration (ETo) according to FAO standards.
ETo represents the evapotranspiration rate from a reference surface, not short of water. A large uniform grass field is considered worldwide as the reference surface. The reference crop completely covers the soil, is kept short, well watered and is actively growing under optimal agronomic conditions.
ETo calculator is meant as a practical tool to help agro-meteorologists, agronomists, and irrigation engineers to carry out standard calculations for ETo, to be later used in crop water use studies.

ETo calculator software

ETo calculator: reference manual

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