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Web Soil Survey now available for all of Hawaii, American Samoa, and Micronesia

HONOLULU, Jan. 29, 2014—Curious about the ground beneath you? The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) updated soil data for each of the soil survey areas mapped in the Pacific Islands Area (PIA). These surveys cover the State of Hawaii, the Territory of American Samoa, the Territory of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau. This effort updated the spatial (soil mapping) and tabular (physical and chemical properties, and interpretations) data for all soil survey areas.

Web Soil Survey (WSS) is the most widely used web site for accessing soil information used to make important land use decisions. The updated data means that WSS will work for all PIA soil surveys. This is the first time WSS has worked for PIA soil surveys outside of Hawaii. In WSS soil maps are overlain on satellite imagery and users can make custom soil maps and interpretation reports. WSS can be accessed at http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/app/. Detailed instructions on how to use the features of WSS are provided at that site. And, it’s all free.

“We are excited to have this data readily available for our customers and partners,” said Christine Clarke, Acting Director for the NRCS Pacific Islands Area.  “Accurate and timely soil survey information is critical to those managing our natural resources.  It is exciting to provide this information to the public to support sound decision making and wise land use choices.” 

For more information about Web Soil Survey please contact Dr. Cindy Stiles at cynthia.stiles@hi.usda.govfor assistance with soil surveys in Hawaii and American Samoa or Dr. Bob Gavenda at bob.gavenda@pb.usda.govfor assistance with soil surveys in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Territory of Guam, the Republic of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. You may also visit us at www.pia.nrcs.usda.gov.


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