Soil Interpretations and Derived Map Products

Interpretive products combine several pieces of information to answer specific questions. Soil and landscape data can be combined with climate, geology and land use data to address a wide variety of agro-environmental issues. Examples include:

Agri-Environmental Indicators


The National Agri-Environmental Health Analysis and Reporting Program (NAHARP) assesses and reports on the agriculture sector's environmental performance via a set of Agri-Environmental Indicators (AEI). These indicators are intended to provide reliable, science-based information on the current state and changes in the conditions of the environment in agriculture at a national or regional scale.

Canada Land Inventory (CLI) - Soil Capability for Agriculture


The Canada Land Inventory (CLI) is a comprehensive multi-disciplinary land inventory of rural Canada, covering over 2.5 million square kilometers of land and water. In the late 1990's, CanSIS converted the original CLI agriculture datasets to a component-based file structure.

Land Suitability Rating System (LSRS)

Soil Order Map of Canada


The Soil Order map of Canada displays the general distribution of soil types across Canada. The soil order is the highest level (broadest grouping) within the Canadian System of Soil Classification. Soils classified at the order level reflect the climate and landscape characteristics associated with the different regions of Canada.

Soil Carbon

Soil carbon interpretations are found here: Canada's Carbon-Sequestering Soil Environments

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