Experiences with WRB in the 1:250,000 mapping in Italy. Numerous authorities are active in many fields involving soil information issues : at national level (e.g. the Agricultural and the Environmental Ministries; the Environmental and Technical Services Agency)
Institutional Framework and Soil Classification Systems
~ fit the spatial organization of the soil cover within the landscape;
~are relevant to main actual applications
(e.g. they are useful for predictions about use or management of land)
Beyond the manuals,
the field correlation is indispensable to effectively harmonise the classification.
Soil maps and data bases can express only a part of the knowledge
acquired in the field during the survey
(the other “tacit knowledge” remains in the mind of the field soil surveyor).
Because of the importance of the local experience of the soil surveyor,
it is crucial to find ways to guarantee the continuity of its work
Problems related to small permanent staff of the regional soil services:
only partly solved by co-operating
with best quality professionals and private companies.
Since the trend is to reduce public technical services,
the small permanent staffs demand for more continuity
in the co-operation with professionals.