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Welcome to the website for the National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS) Soil Characterization Database. This application allows you to generate, print, and download reports containing soil characterization data from the National Soil Survey Center (NSSC) Kellogg Soil Survey Laboratory (KSSL) and cooperating laboratories. The data are stored and maintained by the NSSC–KSSL. Data can be viewed onscreen or downloaded in comma-delimited text files for use in other applications.

If you are a first-time user, please read the Data Usage information before accessing the database.

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NCSS Soil Characterization Basic Query

Site Information  Site Area Selection Help

Country State or Other Administrative Division County

Lab Pedon Number  Pedon Number Help
User Pedon ID  User Pedon ID Help
Soil Series Soil Series Help



Those who use and/or publish the NCSS laboratory data should cite:
National Cooperative Soil Survey
National Cooperative Soil Survey Soil Characterization Database
Accessed Sunday, December 4, 2022


National Cooperative Soil Survey Microsoft Access Database

A Microsoft Access database that contains the most commonly requested data from the National Cooperative Soil Survey Laboratories is available. The database includes data from the Kellogg Soil Survey Laboratory and cooperating universities. In addition to commonly requested data, the Access database includes metadata tables that describe the column headings of the laboratory data tables. In the Access database, the results of similar analyses have been combined and are presented in common columns. Users that wish to obtain the original data, which is separated by method codes, can download the data from the Basic or Advanced query pages. Click on the following link to download the Access database: NCSS Microsoft Access Soil Characterization Database (Zip file; 1.1 MB).


Locator Maps

Clicking on either of the following maps takes you to an interactive map that allows you locate pedons spatially. Clicking on a pedon location on the interactive map accesses data about the pedon.

Locations of Sampled Pedons