Frequently Asked Questions
How is data quality
The Soil Sites SA database uses standards described in the
Australian Soil and Land Survey Field Handbook and the national
soil site database template designed by CSIRO and the
Australian Collaborative Land Evaluation Program.
Where has this data come from?
A large core set of authoritative soil site data has come from the State Land and Soil Mapping Program (1986-2001). For more information refer to The soils of southern South Australia (Hall et al 2009
part 2 - see page 5 of part 1).
I have data to enter, how can I contribute to the database?
Currently, you cannot add your own soil data to Soil Sites SA. There are plans to provide this facility in the future. Please
Contact Us for further information.
How is the data structured?
Soil Sites SA follows a hierarchical data structure, as shown in the diagram.
What are the different types of sites?
Currently, the types of sites available are:
More types of sites (i.e. grid, monitoring and transect) will become available as more data is collected.
Who manages the health of natural resources in South Australia?
Most land is privately owned, so land managers, with support from Government agencies, Natural Resource Management Boards, industry bodies and conservation groups, are working to improve the condition of natural resources. By adopting sustainable soil management practices, land managers can optimise the productive capacity and future health of our natural resources.
I have noticed data that looks obviously wrong. What should I do?
Sometimes people get it wrong. If you see data that looks highly questionable, please
Contact Us with relevant information, including the Site Id and a description of your query.
Why are some horizon depth ranges “Unknown”?
Occasionally in the data (usually in deeper layers) some horizon depth ranges are unknown or not recorded. This may occur where:
Can I download the data to perform my own analyses?
A Download CSV link will be provided at the top of the search results list. This link enables users to download a zip file containing comma separated variable (CSV) spreadsheet files with available data. As the number of sites in the search results increases, due to the complexity of the data, creation of a tailored Download CSV file becomes excessively time-consuming. For optimum performance, the tailored Download CSV link is currently only available for search results containing up to 2000 sites. If search results exceed that threshold, users are directed to a pre-generated download file containing all public site data for the State.
Where can I find more information about the lab method codes contained in the Download CSV lab results file?
Lab method code descriptions are contained in the
soil site database template
Is there a preferred browser for using Soil Sites SA?
We suggest using the Google Chrome browser to access Soil Sites SA. Currently, some of the functionality in Soil Sites SA is not compatible with other browsers such as Internet Explorer or Firefox.