Articles | Volume 5, issue 2
Review article
05 Jul 2019
Review article |  | 05 Jul 2019

A review of the global soil property maps for Earth system models

Yongjiu Dai, Wei Shangguan, Nan Wei, Qinchuan Xin, Hua Yuan, Shupeng Zhang, Shaofeng Liu, Xingjie Lu, Dagang Wang, and Fapeng Yan

Data sets

HarmonizedWorld Soil Database (HWSD v 1.21) IIASA

WISE Soil Property Databases ISRIC

SoilGrids ISRIC


Short summary
Soil data are widely used in various Earth science fields. We reviewed soil property maps for Earth system models, which can also offer insights to soil data developers and users. Old soil datasets are often based on limited observations and have various uncertainties. Updated and comprehensive soil data are made available to the public and can benefit related research. Good-quality soil data are identified and suggestions on how to improve and use them are provided.