Miller, L.C.; Smeaton, C.; Garbutt, A.; Austin, W.E.N.

Physical and biogeochemical measurements of belowground biomass and carbon content from Scottish salt marshes, 2021

The dataset comprises of physical and biogeochemical measurements of belowground (root) biomass from across four Scottish saltmarshes. Sites were chosen to represent contrasting habitats types in Scotland, in particular sediment types, vegetation and sea level history. The data provide a quantitative measure of belowground (root) biomass, organic carbon content and belowground (root) carbon. Samples were collected using a wide gauge gouge corer. The samples were processed to determine belowground (root) biomass, the organic carbon was quantified through elemental analysis and these two data sets were combined to calculate the belowground (root) carbon content. The data were collected to help create a detailed picture of saltmarsh carbon storage in surficial soils across Scotland.

The work was carried out under the NERC programme - Carbon Storage in Intertidal Environment (C-SIDE), NERC grant reference NE/R010846/1

Publication date: 2022-02-01

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This dataset will be available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the data: Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Miller, L.C.; Smeaton, C.; Garbutt, A.; Austin, W.E.N. (2022). Physical and biogeochemical measurements of belowground biomass and carbon content from Scottish salt marshes, 2021. NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/032627e0-5780-4601-b9b3-e684403cee70

 

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2021-03-01    to    2021-05-31

Provenance & quality

Soil cores were taken at each sampling location using a wide diameter gouge corer. The location of the sample was recorded using GPS. Prior to analysis the samples were stored at 4 degrees Celsius at the University of St Andrews. Belowground (root) biomass, organic carbon content and belowground (root) carbon data was produced using standard analytical procedures (detailed in the supporting documentation). All laboratory equipment were calibrated in accordance with the laboratory practises at the University of St Andrews. Results were recorded on to lab sheets and transferred into an Excel file. Results were exported as comma separated value (.csv) files for ingestion into the EIDC.

Supplemental information

Correspondence/contact details

Smeaton, C.
University of St Andrews
 cs244@st-andrews.ac.uk

Authors

Miller, L.C.
University of St Andrews
Smeaton, C.
University of St Andrews
Garbutt, A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Austin, W.E.N.
University of St Andrews

Other contacts

Custodian
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Rights Holder
The University Court of the University of St Andrews
 court@st-andrews.ac.uk

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biota
Keywords
belowground,  biomass,  blue carbon,  carbon,  coastal,  C-SIDE,  intertidal,  organic carbon,  organic matter,  roots,  saltmarsh,  salt marsh,  Scotland,  sediment,  soil,  United Kingdom,  wetland
INSPIRE Theme
Habitats and Biotopes
Funding
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/R010846/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
11 May 2022 09:32