Eurasian Soil Science

, Volume 50, Issue 8, pp 907–916 | Cite as

Digital soil map of the Ussuri River basin

  • A. N. BugaetsEmail author
  • N. F. Pschenichnikova
  • A. A. Tereshkina
  • S. M. Krasnopeev
  • B. I. Gartsman
  • O. M. Golodnaya
  • V. I. Oznobikhin
Genesis and Geography of Soils


On the basis of digital soil, topographic, and geological maps; raster topography model; forestry materials; and literature data, the digital soil map of the Ussuri River basin (24400 km2) was created on a scale of 1: 100000. To digitize the initial paper-based maps and analyze the results, an ESRI ArcGIS Desktop (ArcEditor) v.10.1 ( and an open-code SAGA GIS v.2.3 (System for Automated Geoscientific Analyses, were used. The spatial distribution of soil areas on the obtained digital soil map is in agreement with modern cartographic data and the SRTM digital elevation model (SRTM DEM). The regional soil classification developed by G.I. Ivanov was used in the legend to the soil map. The names of soil units were also correlated with the names suggested in the modern Russian soil classification system. The major soil units on the map are at the soil subtypes that reflect the entire vertical spectrum of soils in the south of the Far East of Russia (Primorye region). These are mountainous tundra soils, podzolic soils, brown taiga soils, mountainous brown forest soils, bleached brown soils, meadow-brown soils, meadow gley soils, and floodplain soils). With the help of the spatial analysis function of GIS, the comparison of the particular characteristics of the soil cover with numerical characteristics of the topography, geological composition of catchments, and vegetation cover was performed.


Ussuri River basin soil cover digital soil map 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. N. Bugaets
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • N. F. Pschenichnikova
    • 1
  • A. A. Tereshkina
    • 1
    • 2
  • S. M. Krasnopeev
    • 1
    • 4
  • B. I. Gartsman
    • 1
    • 3
  • O. M. Golodnaya
    • 5
  • V. I. Oznobikhin
    • 5
  1. 1.Pacific Institute of GeographyFar-Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of SciencesVladivostokRussia
  2. 2.Far Eastern Regional Hydrometeorological Research Institute (FERHRI)VladivostokRussia
  3. 3.Institute of Water ProblemsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  4. 4.Far Eastern Federal UniversityVladivostokRussia
  5. 5.Federal Scientific Center of the Biodiversity of Terrestrial Biota of East AsiaFar Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of SciencesVladivostokRussia

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