Advanced soil geochemical atlas

BGS Research – Applied geochemistry

The analyses presented in this advanced atlas are for those soil samples collected for the National Soil Inventory (NSI) by the Soil Survey of England and Wales (now the National Soil Resources Institute, Cranfield University, UK) as described in McGrath and Loveland (1992) in the original Soil Geochemical Atlas of England and Wales.

The geochemical analyses presented in the original atlas were for a series of 17 elements.

The advanced atlas presents analyses and maps for a total of 53 elements, which includes the original 17 elements.

The data have already been used to estimate the total quantity of inorganic carbon in the soils of part of England (download the case study).

Background and funding

This e-book publication is the outcome of collaborative research between the BGS and Rothamsted Research.

BGS is a research institute partly funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Rothamsted Research receives strategic funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

The analyses presented in this atlas were funded from the NERC core grant provided to the British Geological Survey.

Data availability: The data for each of the elements in the Advanced Geochemical Atlas of England and Wales can be downloaded as a set of interpolated concentrations 20.5MB zip on a one kilometre grid across England and Wales. The data is made available in British National Grid. The concentration units for these grids are the same as shown in the Atlas. These data are made available under the Open Government Licence, subject to the following acknowledgement accompanying the reproduced BGS materials: “Contains British Geological Survey materials © UKRI [year]”.

The data are also made available as WMS services.

Bibliographic reference

Rawlins, B G, McGrath, S P, Scheib, A J, Breward, N, Cave, M, Lister, T R, Ingham, M, Gowing, C and Carter, S.  2012.   The Advanced Soil Geochemical Atlas of England and Wales.  (Keyworth, Nottingham: British Geological Survey.)


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