Alaska Soil Survey Information
Helping landowners and communities select the best sites for homes, schools, airfields, roads, landfills, and agriculture. Soil surveys provide a scientific inventory of soil resources for making maps, identifying physical and chemical properties of soils, as well as supplying current information on potential uses and limitations of each soil.
The Alaska MLRA Soil Survey Office (MO 17) coordinates the collection of soils and related natural resource data for the state of Alaska. This office is one of 18 offices nationwide coordinating soil survey data. All work is done in partnership with other federal state and location agencies, as well as, private landowners and community groups. This partnership comprises the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS).
The Alaska MLRA Soil Survey Office also coordinates the Alaska portion of the national Resource Inventory (NRI). This inventory is an on-going effort to monitor the changes and trends in natural resource use and condition over time.
What is a Soil Survey?
A soil survey is a resource inventory where field scientists collect, organize, and interpret information about the natural resources in an area. Although the main focus is on soils, data is also collected on vegetation, landforms, and surface hydrology. To learn more click here.
Major Land Resource Areas of Alaska
Status of Soil Surveys in Alaska
STATSGO Soils Data for Alaska
Certified datasets are available as both quarter quad DLGS or seamless Arc/Info coverages in export form in the UTM Coordinate System.
MO 17 MLRA Project Offices and Soil Survey Activities
The first stop for soil survey information is Web Soil Survey. This site provides quick access to all available soil survey information in Alaska as well as the rest of the United States. The site allows online viewing of soil survey maps, data, and interpretations. Users can specify local areas of interest. The site also provides access to electronic copies of traditional soil survey publications and maps.
Those users who want to acquire complete electronic datasets for soil surveys can do so at Soil Data Mart. The site has all available spatial, attribute, and metadata for Alaska and the rest of the United States. Users can place an order for specific soil survey areas and then download the data, usually within 24 hours. Microsoft Access based templates are included with the datasets, allowing the user to query for specific soil properties and information. Available data for specific soil survey areas is accessed on the site by survey area name. Data for the Exploratory Soil Survey of Alaska is accessed by downloading STATSGO Data and Spatial Data.
Last Modified: 04/16/2013