Soil Mapping and Classification
Finding comprehensive information from soil surveys and other sources is getting easier. Information is available to general users through Google Earth and similar interfaces in a package called Soil Information Finder Tool.
Every soil is unique. As with plants, animals and other forms of life, there is a way to organize information about soils in a logical and useful way. Ultimately, this information is useful for understanding implications for agricultural management practices and it is summarized in soil maps described above. Learn more:
- Virtual Soil Science - Soil Classification (University of British Columbia)
Canadian System of Soil Classification (Government of Canada)
The following manual describes the criteria to assess agricultural capability of land. Note that capability differs from productivity, suitability and other interpretations of soil and climate information:
- Land Capability Classification for Agriculture in BC (PDF, 3.0MB)