SIFSS (Soil Indicators for Scottish Soils) is an app that allows you to find out what soil type is in your area, to explore the characteristics of around 600 different Scottish soils, to discover the differences in soil characteristics between cultivated and uncultivated soils and to examine a range of key indicators of soil quality.

You can also use the app to view all of our published soil mapping, plus a selection of our thematic maps, including the popular Land Capability for Agriculture.

SIFSS is the only app that gives you access to the Soil Survey of Scotland.

SIFSS allows you to use your device's GPS or to use a place name or postcode, or just browse using the image map on your device to choose a location in Scotland to investigate information about soil. This information includes pH, soil carbon, N, P, K etc. directly from the James Hutton Institute database.

What’s New

Version 2.2.4

This version includes a revised function to zoom to a location that you type into the search window. In previous versions this used a third party tool that is no longer freely available, we now use a tool developed in-house. Please update your app to continue to use the search window function.

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The James Hutton Institute
59.7 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
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