Your pathway to LUC-related documentation
An impressive amount of material has been published on the various LUC surveys around the country. As most of this has happened in the pre-digital era and through organisations no longer existing, some documentation can be hard to get.
Try the resources below. If all fails, do not hesitate to contact us.
Land Use Capability Survey Handbook (3rd Edition)
2009 / 2021
The handbook introduces the reader to the contemporary methods and standards of the LUC system.
Introductory guide to farm soil mapping
The techniques and tools described in this introductory guide provide a straight forward approach to farm soil mapping.
National legend and regional documentation
Library search for LUC related documenation
WorldCat.org offers a comprehensive search for items available from NZ libraries. This includes items on the Manaaki Whenua library catalogue.
For example, a search for documents with 'land use capability' in the title can be done through
Filters can be applied to narrow done the results.
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Explore the wide range of our in-house publications
Essential reports and maps have been digitised and are available via the Manaaki Whenua Digital Library.
This was done for a variety of reasons relating to size and experience of the mapping teams, logistics of the mapping approach, and the contractual setting.
Five key physical soil and land resource factors that drive land use capability were mapped.