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North America Node is a global consortium that has been formed with the aim of making a new digital soil map of the world using state-of-the-art and emerging technologies for soil mapping and predicting soil properties at fine resolution. This new global soil map will be supplemented by interpretation and functionality options that aim to assist better decisions in a range of global issues like food production and hunger eradication, climate change, and environmental degradation. This is an initiative of the Digital Soil Mapping Working Group of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS). This effort is organized by continent (nodes).

The North America Node is comprised of Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Currently, the National Cooperative Soil Survey provides the leadership for the North America Node.

Jon Hempel (Director of the USDA- NRCS National Soil Survey Center) is the Node Leader and James Thompson (West Virginia University) is the Scientific Coordinator.

Partners and Representatives

Agri-Food Canada

Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI)

USDA-NRCS National Soil Survey Center


U.S. Consortium Meeting in Morgantown, West Virginia (5/09-10/2012)

GlobalSoilMap and Soil Survey Uncertainty Workshop (8/28-30/2012)

North Dakota Meeting (10/25/2011)

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Methods and Procedures





North America Node Team USA Meeting in Lago Magiore.
From left to right: Sabine Grunwald, Jim Thompson, Nathan Odgers, Zamir Libohova,
Phillip Owens, Jon Hempel, and Janis Boettinger.