Publishing Details

Publication Type: 
Conference Paper
Authored by:
Ahamed, Sonya; Balk, Deborah; Flor, Rafael; Levy, Marc; Palm, Cheryl; Sanchez, Pedro; Storeygard, Adam; Wood, Stanley
Publication Date: 
July 2006
Conference Title: 
World Soil Science Congress, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 10-14, 2006
Pages: 
1

Abstract

Mapping the global extent of soil constraints to crop growth can play an important role in developing strategies for agricultural production, environmental protection, and sustainable development at regional and global scales. The soil fertility capability classification system (FCC) is a widely used technical system for interpreting soil taxonomy and additional soil attributes in ways directly relevant to plant growth (Buol et al.1975). FCC4, the most recent update of the system, identifies eight top- and sub-soil texture types and 17 condition modifiers defined to quantitatively delimit the soil's capacity to provide ecosystem functions and services (Sanchez et al. 2003). Here we present maps displaying the worldwide prevalence of the condition modifiers seen as the most relevant to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The decision rules used to generate each map are explained in the captions. Since the system is now interpreted beyond soil fertility, we call it Soil Functional Capacity Classification, while retaining the original acronym FCC.

Citation

Ahamed, Sonya; Balk, Deborah; Flor, Rafael; Levy, Marc; Palm, Cheryl; Sanchez, Pedro; Storeygard, Adam; Wood, Stanley (2006) "Soil Functional Capacity Classification Map of the World," World Soil Science Congress, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 10-14, 2006

Additional Attributes

Primary Contact: Stanley Wood
Keywords: Maps, Soils