Data:LUSoils v.1


LUSoils v.1 dataset information page

Short Description

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Dominant land use and land covers on each hydrologic soil group in each grid cell of 850 and 2015

Statement: Linking global land use and land cover to hydrologic soil groups from 850 to 2015.

Abstract: This dataset links human land use and land cover types from the Land-Use Harmonization (LUH2) dataset (Lawrence et al., 2016) to four hydrologic soil groups from 850 to 2015 derived from the SoilGrids250m soils dataset (Hengl et al., 2017). These groups represent sandy soils (hydrologic group A) consisting of texture classes sand, sandy-loam and loamy sand; silty soils (hydrologic group B) consisting of loam, silty-loam and silt; a mixed sand-silt-clay soils (hydrologic group C); and clayey soils (hydrologic group D) represented by clay, sandy-clay, clay-loam, silty-clay, and silt-clay-loam texture classes from the SoilGrids250m dataset. This dataset makes it possible to better link LULCs to soil types typically used for these activities potentially improving the simulation of water, energy and biogeochemical processes in Earth System Models. Additionally, it lays the foundation for simulating LULC impacts on soils that have different vulnerabilities and responses to human uses of soils.

Data format

Data type: Land Cover
Data origin: Modeled
Data format: KML, NetCDF, SDTS
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Data resolution: 0.5 degree

Data Coverage

Spatial data coverage: Global
Temporal data coverage: Time series
Time period covered: 850-2015


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  • Wang, P.-L., & Feddema, J. J. (2020). Linking global land use/land cover to hydrologic soil groups From 850 to 2015. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 34(3), e2019GB006356.