Through our portal, we provide national digital maps of soil properties in a structured way in two ways.

Atlas version displays the different features of the soil cover of Hungary in a static image format. The maps are freely downloadable. Their use is recommended in text materials (papers, studies, teaching materials, etc.) or as illustrations in lectures. Interactive maps on soil characteristics can be freely browsed. The thematic content can be zoomed in and displayed with variable transparency, and two selectable base map backgrounds help navigation.

For further information on other ways to access map data, please do not hesitate to contact us.

For a better understanding of the information conveyed by the presented maps, we recommend you to read the following short summary on the interpretation and compilation of spatial soil information (primary, secondary and functional soil maps).

The new paradigm for the interpretation and compilation of spatial soil information (primary, secondary and functional soil maps) is based on:

• Maps of soil features are the results of spatial prediction.
• Spatial prediction is based on modelling the relationship between the soil property to be mapped, and the spatial variables related to the environmental factors associated with the soil formation processes and their consequences, which provide full coverage of the area to be mapped.
• The spatial modelling is carried out in GI environment, using geostatistical and data mining methods, or their combinations.
• In addition to the map as a result, the state-of-the-art methods provide estimation on the global and local accuracy, reliability of the spatial predictions.
• The final map product is the result of the triad of the reference and auxiliary data, as well as the method(s) used; its quality and usability depend on them.
• The more complete and accurate data is applied (both for the variable to be mapped and for the auxiliary variables used in the modelling), the more reliable results can be expected.
• Spatial soil information (soil maps) produced in the new environment go far beyond the archive maps in terms of their thematic content, their representation and their depth reference possibilities.
• The newly compiled spatial soil information and layout maps, beyond their thematic content, provide information on their production and accuracy, in this way they form a coherent data system.
• In contrast to thematic robustness, the mapped soil variables are characterised by their task-oriented, goal-specific functionality.

More information:

Pásztor L, Laborczi A, Takács K, Illés G, Szabó J, Szatmári G. 2020. Progress in the elaboration of GSM conform DSM products and their functional utilization in Hungary. Geoderma Regional 21: e00269, doi:10.1016/j.geodrs.2020.e00269

Pásztor L, Laborczi A, Szabó B, Fodor N, Koós S, Szatmári G. 2020. Functional applications of primary soil property maps provided by EGU General Assembly 2020, EGU2020-9645. (Presentation in Pdf format)