National Soil Inventory of Scotland (1978 - 1988)

The National Soils Inventory for Scotland (NSIS) dataset presented here has been collected using sampling points arranged as a 10 km grid. A wide range of attributes are described, measured and analysed for each site. These range from contextual information describing the surrounding landscape (such as slope and vegetation), down to detailed chemical analyses of each horizon within the soil profile. There are 721 sites in total where soil occurs; where there is no soil at a particular 10 km sampling point, this point has not been included.

Publication date: 2016-01-08


Study area
Temporal extent
1978-01-01    to    1988-01-01

Provenance & quality

More information on the procedures employed to obtain these data can be found in the National Soil Inventory of Scotland (1978-1988) protocols available at Scotland's Soils website.

Other contacts

Colin Campbell
The James Hutton Institute


Spatial representation type
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid


Topic categories
Farming , Geoscientific Information , Environment , Planning / Cadastre
Geospatial / Map Land Cover National Soil