Abstract: The SCA Map of Alberta reflects the integration of inherent agroclimatic conditions that exist across Alberta with soil development, use and management practices. The SCA boundaries coincide to a large degree with recognized climate zones in Alberta. These boundaries also generally agree with accepted ecoregion boundaries. In the agricultural portion of Alberta, SCA’s correlate strongly with soil zone lines with further subdivisions reflecting recognized agroclimate zones.
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          Agriculture and Irrigation, Government of Alberta
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          Natural Resource Innovation Section, Natural Resource Management Branch
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                  780-427-3739
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                  302, 7000 - 113 Street
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                  Edmonton
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                  Alberta
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                  T6H 5T6
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                  CA
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                  agi.soilviewer@gov.ab.ca
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      2024-04-26
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Spatial representation info:

Vector spatial representation: Topology level: Topology level code: geometryOnly Geometric objects: Geometric objects: Geometric object type: Geometric object type code: complex Geometric object count: 43
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Reference system: Reference system identifier: RS Identifier: Code: EPSG Code Space: 3400
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Identification info:

Data identification: Citation: Citation: Title: Soil Correlation Areas (SCA) of Alberta Date: Date: Date: 2016-12-01 Date type: Date type code: creation Date: Date: Date: 2021-12-01 Date type: Date type code: publication Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Agriculture and Irrigation, Government of Alberta Position name: Natural Resource Innovation Section, Natural Resource Management Branch Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: 780-427-3739 Address: Address: Delivery point: 302, 7000 - 113 Street City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta Postal code: T6H 5T6 Country: Country: CA Electronic mail address: agi.soilviewer@gov.ab.ca Hours of service: 08:15 to 16:30 Monday to Friday Role: Role code: originator Abstract: The SCA Map of Alberta reflects the integration of inherent agroclimatic conditions that exist across Alberta with soil development, use and management practices. The SCA boundaries coincide to a large degree with recognized climate zones in Alberta. These boundaries also generally agree with accepted ecoregion boundaries. In the agricultural portion of Alberta, SCA’s correlate strongly with soil zone lines with further subdivisions reflecting recognized agroclimate zones. Purpose: The Soil Correlation Areas (SCA) layer revised in 2016 is the companion layer for the Alberta Soil Names Generation 4 document. Compressed keyhole mark language (KMZ) formatted files are available for each SCA polygon of the 23 existing SCAs. Also an additional KMZ containing all 23 SCA polygons is available for download and use in the Alberta Soil Information viewer and other GIS environments. In addition ArcGIS shape layer is available containing all 23 polygons in one layer for use in most GIS software environments. Previous versions of the SCA layer contained 24 polygons until a decision to amalgamate SCA 11 with SCA 10 was reached. Credit: Alberta Soil Inventory Subcommittee; Soil Series Working Group established in 1987 by Agriculture and Agri-food Canada and Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development. Status: Progress code: completed Point of contact: Responsible party: Organisation name: Agriculture and Irrigation, Government of Alberta Position name: Natural Resource Innovation Section, Natural Resource Management Branch Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: 780-427-3739 Address: Address: Delivery point: 302, 7000 - 113 Street City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta Postal code: T6H 5T6 Country: Country: CA Electronic mail address: agi.soilviewer@gov.ab.ca Hours of service: 08:15 to 16:30 Monday to Friday Role: Role code: pointOfContact Resource maintenance: Maintenance information: Maintenance and update frequency: Maintenance frequency code: notPlanned Descriptive keywords: Keywords: Keyword: Alberta, Canada Type: Keyword type code: place Descriptive keywords: Keywords: Keyword: Soil Correlation Areas Keyword: SCA Keyword: Soil Keyword: Soil Names Keyword: Climate Keyword: Agroclimate Keyword: Ecology Keyword: Agricultural Soils Keyword: Soil Classification Keyword: Soil Inventories Type: Keyword type code: theme Resource constraints: Legal constraints: Access constraints: Restriction code: otherRestrictions Other constraints: To access the data you must agree to the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta found at https://open.alberta.ca/licence Resource constraints: Legal constraints: Use constraints: Restriction code: license Other constraints: Your use of this information will be governed by the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta, in force as of the date you accessed the information, found at https://open.alberta.ca/licence Resource constraints: Legal constraints: Use limitation: Distribution Liability: Under the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta, the Information is licensed as is, and the Information Provider excludes all representations, warranties, obligations, and liabilities, whether express or implied, to the maximum extent permitted by law. The Information Provider is not liable for any errors or omissions in the Information, and will not under any circumstances be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or other loss, injury or damage caused by its use or otherwise arising in connection with this licence or the Information, even if specifically advised of the possibility of such loss, injury or damage. Resource constraints: Security constraints: Classification: Classification code: unclassified User note: Public/Unrestricted Classification system: Government of Alberta Data and Information Security Classification Handling description: https://imtpolicy.sp.alberta.ca/standards/Pages/Data-and-Information-Security-Classification.aspx Spatial resolution: Resolution: Equivalent scale: Representative fraction: Denominator: 1000000 Language: Language Code: eng Character set: Character set code: utf8 Topic category: Topic category code: geoscientificInformation Topic category: Topic category code: farming Environment description: Microsoft Windows XP Version 5.1 (Build 2600) Service Pack 3; ESRI ArcCatalog 9.3.1.3500 Extent: Extent: Geographic element: Geographic bounding box: West bound longitude: -120 East bound longitude: -110 South bound latitude: 49 North bound latitude: 60 Supplemental Information: This map is best plotted between 1: 1,000,000 to 1: 3,000,000.
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DISTRIBUTION INFO:

Distribution: Distribution format: Format: Name: Shapefile Version: 3.0 Specification: SHP File decompression technique: ZIP Distribution format: Format: Name: Compressed Keyhole Markup Language Version: 2.2 Specification: KMZ File decompression technique: ZIP Distributor: Distributor: Distributor contact: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Environment and Protected Areas, Government of Alberta Position name: Provincial Geospatial Centre Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: 7804277374 Facsimile: 7804220712 Address: Address: Delivery point: 14th Floor, Oxbridge Place Delivery point: 9820 - 106 Street NW City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta Postal code: T5K 2J6 Country: Country: CA Electronic mail address: PGC.Data@gov.ab.ca Role: Role code: distributor Transfer options: Digital transfer options: Units of distribution: MB Transfer size: 1 Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/srd/geodiscover/srd_pub/AG_FOR/SCA_v3_KMZ.zip Protocol: FTP Name: Soil Correlation Areas v3 (KMZ) Description: KMZ file containing Soil Correlation Areas v3 (ZIP) Function: Online function code: download Transfer options: Digital transfer options: Units of distribution: MB Transfer size: 1 Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://extranet.gov.ab.ca/srd/geodiscover/srd_pub/AG_FOR/SCA_v3_SHP.zip Protocol: FTP Name: Soil Correlation Areas v3 (SHP) Description: Shapefile containing Soil Correlation Areas v3 dataset (ZIP) Function: Online function code: download
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Data quality info:

Data quality: Scope: Scope: Hierarchy level: Scope code: dataset Lineage: Lineage: Statement: The Alberta Soil Inventory Subcommittee established the Soil Series Working Group in 1987 to undertake the development of a standardized soil names catalogue for use in a digital environment. Based upon the recommendations that were submitted, the Working Group identified as necessary products a map that defined the geographic limits of soil names within Alberta, as well as a correlated list of allowable soil names. In 1993, the Alberta Soils Name File (Generation 2) User’s Handbook was published, including portions of the soil names file and the initial version of the Soil Correlation Area (SCA) Map of Alberta.
              
The province of Alberta was divided into 24 Soil Correlation Areas (SCA’s) based on the following rationale: 1. climate affects soil properties; and, 2. many interpretative products developed by applying soil type information also incorporate climate information.
              
There are situations where an ecoregion has been divided into two or more SCA’s. For example, the Moist Mixed Grassland ecoregion is subdivided into SCA 3 and 4. In this instance, historical precedence is established by existing published soil survey reports, overriding the ecological premise of these recognized areas. This situation is often justified on the basis of agroclimate, and/or thickness of the surface layer (e.g., Thin versus Thick Black).
              
As part of the compilation process leading to the development of the Agricultural Region of Alberta Soil Information Database (AGRASID) in the late 1990s, the boundaries of the each SCA in the agricultural zone were inherently linked to the 1:100K scale soil landscape polygons. Upon this closer interrogation of the SCA boundaries, minor modifications were made to the original 1993 SCA lines. In addition to these line changes, the decision was made to delete SCA 11 from the 1993 version of the SCA map. The distinction between SCA 10 and 11 was difficult to implement when mapping the distribution of soil names within these two areas. Originally SCA 10 was restricted to the Aspen Parkland ecoregion and SCA 11 to the Boreal Transition ecoregion. Also, SCA 10 had originally been defined as an area where Black Chernozemic soils commonly existed, while Dark Gray Chernozemic and Dark Gray Luvisolic soils were considered to be dominant in SCA 11. However, many exceptions to this general pattern of soils distribution within these two SCA’s existed. So much so that during the compilation of AGRASID, the decision was made to join the two SCA’s and make a unified list of the soil names identified in each of the two component SCA’s.
              
The 1998 version of the Soil Correlation Areas of Alberta map indicates areas that had previously been identified as SCA 10 as SCA 10a and areas previously identified as SCA 11 as SCA 10b. This decision to consider the area as a single SCA did not significantly change the agroclimatic characteristics and corresponding interpretations of the affected soil landscape polygons. When a new version of the SCA map was published in 2002, a single area for SCA 10 was represented on the map with no reference made to the previous area of SCA 11. This version of the SCA Map of Alberta provided the framework for the allocation of soils to SCA’s as presented in the Alberta Soil Names File (Generation 3) User’s Handbook, released in 2006.
              
In 2016 a number of additional line changes were made to the SCA map. The modifications came about as a result of meetings held between soil consultants working in northern Alberta and staff of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, including the national soil correlation administrator for Alberta. Major changes incorporated into the Soil Correlation Area (SCA) Map of Alberta (2016) include: 1. Enlarging the area of SCA 19 in the Birch Mountains by including the area of the McIvor Upland previously identified as SCA 23 – Ecodistrict 605 and 606 of the National Ecological Framework. This corresponds with an area that includes both Upper and Lower Boreal Subregions of the Natural Regions and Subregions of Alberta. 2. Enlargement of SCA 19 south of Fort McMurray to include most of the Stoney Mountain Upland – Ecodistrict 638 and 639. This corresponds with an area of Lower Boreal Highlands Subregion. 3. Creation of a single area of SCA 19 to include most of the Buffalo Head Hills Upland – Ecodistrict 601, 602 and 603. This corresponds with an area that includes both Upper and Lower Boreal Subregions. 4. Creation of a new area of SCA 13 to include most of the Pelican Mountains – Ecodistrict 614. This corresponds with an area of Lower Foothills Subregion. 5. Enlargement of SCA 17 to include most of the Rainbow Lake Plain and Bassett Hills – Ecodistrict 245. This corresponds with an area of Lower Boreal Subregion. 6. Other additional minor modifications to linework to better reflect underlying landscape and ecological patterns as reflected on more recent imagery and data sources.
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