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Volume :31 Issue : 1 2004      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Geographic information system and database for the soil survey for the State of Kuwait - design and outputs

Auther : GERARD GREALISH*, PETER KING*, SAMIRA OMAR**AND WALEED ROY

 * AACM International, Adelaide, Australia and Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research,  P.O. Box 24885, Safat, 13109 Kuwait

 ABSTRACT

 As part of the project ‘Soil Survey for the State of Kuwait’ a soil information system was designed and implemented to manage the soil survey data generated during the project and to ensure that soil information is readily available to support land development of Kuwait. The soil information system combines the capabilities of a geographic information system that manipulates and displays area, linear and point data with the logical framework of a database to store data for interpretation. This is a significant information source for Kuwait as it is the first database of soil and land resources that provides comprehensive coverage for Kuwait in a flexible digital format. The soil information system, includes all project data, is expandable to accept new data and flexible to allow the data to be reinterpreted. This project was completed in 1999 and the soil information system was fully implemented. This paper describes the design and implementation of the system, shows examples of outputs and highlights areas of future use where the data and soil information system can be used to support investment decisions, policy-making and risk management for land development in Kuwait.

Keywords: Environmental data; GIS; land resource; soil information system.

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