S-map is the new national soils database. When completed, it will provide a seamless digital soil map coverage for New Zealand. S-map is designed to be applied at any scale from farm to region to nation.
The current extent of the S-map survey is shown on the map to the left.
New: additional coverage in Hawkes Bay, Waikato and Canterbury.
What is S-map?
Existing soil databases are patchy in scale, age and quality. Many maps do not adequately describe the underlying properties of the soil types they represent. S-map integrates existing reports and digital information and updates soil maps where existing data are of low quality. Our goal is to provide comprehensive, quantitative soil information to support sustainable development and scientific modelling.
Service database last updated: 7 September 2016.
What is S-map Online?
Using S-map online you can:
Explore interactive soil maps
Learn about the soil in your backyard or paddock
View detailed information about a soil class or attribute
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Find a Place
Search - Find your area of interest by typing a placename into the Location Search box in the tools panel.
Navigate - Drag the map around with your mouse.
Use the controls in the top-left corner of the map to zoom to your
place of interest.
View Detailed Soil Information
Soil information - Click any soil feature to view
a summary of its key properties.
Click a soil name in the summary table to download a
full factsheet describing that soil.
Help - Click the Help button to see this menu.
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