This website is the official portal of the e-SOTER project that started on September 1st 2008 and will last until February 2012. The project is a collaborative research project of 14 partners in Europe, China and Morocco, with European Union funding through the FP7 mechanism.
At the moment this website displays only the project plan. No results can be shown yet. Those sections are still under construction. We hope you will visit again in the near future for more information and project updates.
Regional pilot platform as EU contribution to a Global Soil Observing System
Soil and terrain information is needed for many interpretations for example in the field of agriculture, environment, watershed management, infrastructure, etc. but available data are often inaccessible, incomplete, or out of date. The Group on Earth Observations - GEO plans a Global Earth Observing System and, within this framework, the e-SOTER project addresses the felt need for a global soil and terrain database. As the European contribution to a Global Soil Observing System, it will deliver a web-based regional pilot platform with data, methodologies, and applications, using remote sensing to validate, augment and extend existing data.