SINDI – Soil Quality Indicators
SINDI and SINDI Online
Soil quality is a term that describes the relative condition of soil under a particular land use.
To understand a soils condition, a number of key indicators are measured to identify current condition and trend of chemical, physical and biological attributes of a soil as it is utilized under a particular land use. Different land uses impart different pressures on soil quality, and different soils react in different ways to those land use pressures.Learn more about SINDI
- Compare your soil with information from our soils database.
- Assess the intrinsic resources and biological, chemical and physical quality of your soil.
- See how your soil measures up against current understanding of optimal values.
- Learn about the effect each indicator has on soil quality and some general management practices that could be implemented to improve the soil.
A web-based tool designed to help you interpret the quality or health of soil
SINDI is a web-based tool designed to help land managers interpret the quality or health of a soil under a particular land use relative to (1) an expert interpretation, (2) sites that have been analysed within a monitoring program, and (3) sites from the National Soils Database.
National Soils Archive (NSA)
The National Soils Archive (NSA) holds the physical soil samples ‘archived’ once laboratory and other analysis has been completed, and data added to the National Soils Data Repository (NSDR).
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