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Technical Resources

Technical and informational documents specific to Region 9

Soil scientists working in the field.

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Field Book for Describing and Sampling Soils

  • The Field Book summarizes the present science and art of describing and documenting soils and soilscapes in the USA.

Keys to Soil Taxonomy

  • This publication provides the taxonomic keys necessary for the classification of soils in a form that can be used easily in the field.

Land Resource Regions and Major Land Resource Areas of the United States, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Basin, USDA Handbook 296

  • Map and description of each land resource area.

National Soil Survey Technical Notes

  • Technical notes are used by soil scientists to provide clarity and guidance in soil survey and soil taxonomy.

NCSS Soil Characterization Database

  • Laboratory data for soils.

Official Soil Series Description

  • Detailed description of each soil series identified in the US.

Soil Data Viewer and Online User Guides

  • Soil Data Viewer is a tool built as an extension to ArcMap that allows a user to create soil-based thematic maps. The application can also be run independent of ArcMap, but output is then limited to a tabular report.

Soil Survey Manual, AH 18

  • The Soil Survey Manual provides in a single volume the major principles and practices needed for making and using soil surveys and for assembling and using data related to them.

Soil Taxonomy, AH 436

  • Link to Soil Taxonomy: A Basic System of Soil Classification for Making and Interpreting Soil Surveys.

Technical References for Soils

  • Soils website with useful links for additional soils information.