211-3 The Challenge of Implementing Fundamental Changes to Soil Taxonomy.
The potential workload to implement changes resulting from fundamental changes in Soil Taxonomy is great. However, the potential workload should not preclude efforts to improve the classification system. Conversely, the need for flexibility in order to remain viable outweighs the workload issue. A staged approach is underway to evaluate the fundamental changes needed to better align taxonomic classes across all levels. The approach used is to avoid changing the original concepts of existing soil series.
Proactive communication of proposed changes with practioneers using Soil Taxonomy and the inclusion of expert users with specialized knowledge and skills is essential. Equally important is the communication with users whose work will be affected the greatest by changes. The success of this effort to restructure the fundamental core concepts of Soil Taxonomy requires commitment by organizations and their leadership to implement approved changes into technical documents and data systems. Evaluation of Soil Taxonomy and implementation of needed fundamental changes in its structure is essential to keep it flexible and viable in the future for application in the U.S. and around the world.