British Geological Survey and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology have joined forces to create a new app that will provide information about soils in the UK.
The mySoil app for iPhones and iPads allows users to check soil information and also to upload new information that will help improve knowledge of how soil types vary around the country.
The app also offers a map of soil parent material - the underlying geological material. The user can click on a geographical area to get information about soil depth, texture, pH and organic matter content.
According to the BGS, the app is aimed at encouraging land users, especially in cities, to send descriptions and pictures of their soil.
The BGS said that the public can play a significant role in contributing to soil science data, for urban areas in particular, where the data is limited. “Mobile technologies are opening up exciting new ways to share environmental information,” says BGS executive director John Ludden.
“We hope this will begin a new form of dialogue with the public and other users, where we can together improve our environmental information and knowledge.”