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Digital Soil Map of Costa Rica


In 2009 it was celebrated in San José the XVIII Latinoamerican Congress of Soil Sciences, where it was proposed to make a process of transformation of the existent information in analogic format to a digital format.
From 2012 on, a group of representatives of the Universidad de Costa Rica, Asociación Costarricense de las Ciencias del Suelo y del Instituto Nacional de Innovación y Transferencia en Tecnología Agropecuario del Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería start the process of checking, correcting, and digitalizing the order of the existent maps to the date.
Parallel to this process, it is started the compilation and revision of the soil profiles made from 1975 to 2012 that would keep on paper and confirm a data base of profiles that supported the corrections and editions of the orders and suborders of the soil maps.
On December, the 5th, 2013 it was celebrated the World Soil Day and it was published the new map of soil orders and suborders of Costa Rica to a scale of 1:200.000 and the database with 451 profiles of Costa Rica.
The objective of this information is to allow farmers, students, researchers, and public in general the access of the information to improve the productive performance as well as the conservation of the soil.

Contact us

MSc. Rafael Mata Chinchilla
2511 2084

DAngelo Sandoval Chacón
2511 2074

In the following links it can be found the files with the layers in format “Shape” that conform part of the digital map of Soils in Costa Rica:

Database of profiles of Costa Rica soils, version 1.1
Soils Orders
Soils Suborders

Updating the Soil Profiles Database of Costa Rica, August 3, 2016

Images 2016

Soil Orders 2016

Soil Suborders 2016

Guide 2016

Soil Profiles Database of Costa Rica of Costa Rica, version 1.1 (2014)