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A starting point for a USC should come from the most documented existing system. It should have the highest amount and most accurate data collected to support the science. The sharing of additional existing documentation will represent an excellent starting point for standards will support the development of a USC System. The new system is one that is fair and based on the best science of today and is agreed upon by a group of international experts and political leaders.
The system need to be cognizant and flexible to incorporate new developments. For example, numerical classification concepts that have been developed over the last 30 years could be investigated and if found fit for purpose, incorporated into the new system.
Soil Scientists from around the world have expressed the desire and need to develop a common USC System. The future USC should not be solely an academic exercise, but should be developed together with the major agencies supporting soil survey and mapping in the world. A global soil classification system that will be adopted by the major National soil survey and mapping agencies will ensure a continuity and consistency of information across political boundaries to assist with some of the more critical environmental issues facing the world today.