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SOTER Methodology and Its Worldwide Spread

Article Summary   by:TsingHua     Original Author: Scientia Geographica Sinica
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The paper presents the brief progress of SOTER related studies all over the world. The SOTER program is a system which can store detailed information on natural response in such a way that these data can be readily accessed, combined and analyzed from the point of view of potential use, in relation to food requirements, environmental impact and conservation. The methodology was created by ISRIC for world land evaluation and management purpose in the late 1980's, then put into wide uses in some developing countries in Africa and South America and came to Asian nations in the late 1990's, including China. Some advantages of this methodology can be seen through the above practice. SOTER provides an orderly arrangement of natural resource information through the creation of a computerized database containing all available attributes on topography, soil, climate, vegetation and landuse, linked to GIS, through which each type of information or combination of attributes can be displayed as a separate layer or overlay, or in tabular form. The national SOTER programs are all carried out by the national soil research organizations. The number of requests for SOTER developments at national level from the developing countries is indicative of the demand for, and importance attached to the land resource database, land evaluation and landuse planning system which SOTER is capable of providing. A good foreground of this methodology for both theoretical and practical purposes can be seen from the discussed above.
Published: August 28, 2001   
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