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Assessment of Water Holding Capacity of Soils Map

Available Water Holding Capacity Map

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  • Key Words: soil water holding capacity
  • About the Map: The Available Water Holding Capacity map is based on a reclassification of the global soil climate map and global soil map.
  • Possible Uses of the Map: Useful for teachers and students who are interested in the global distribution of water holding capacity. Global modelers may be able to use the data for small scale analysis.
  • Source: Soil map and soil climate map, USDA-NRCS, Soil Science Division, World Soil Resources, Washington D.C.
  • Data Aggregation and Reliability: The Inherent Land Quality map data is rasterized on a 2 minute grid cell.
  • Data Definitions: Four classes are defined based on soil climate and soil classification.
  • Data Disclaimer: Country boundaries are not authoritative.
  • Database Manager: Paul Reich, Geographer, World Soil Resources. Email:
Map Production Information
  • Map Identification: whc.jpg
  • Production Date: 1998
  • Geographic Coverage: Global
  • Projection: Geographic
  • Minimum Scale: 1:5,000,000

This page last updated on September 8, 2003.