Broadbent, A.A.D. et al

Alpine grassland soil microbial and biogeochemical data from a snow manipulation experiment in Hohe Mut, Austria, 2017

Data comprise soil microbial and biogeochemical data collected during a snow manipulation experiment on the summit of Hohe Mut (2650 m) near Obergurgl, in the Austrian Alps (lat. 46.84862, long. 11.02957).

Soil microbial data include phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) analyses, and bacterial (16S Small subunit ribosomal RNA) and fungal (internal transcribed spacer region 2) high throughput sequences. Soil biogeochemical data include soil extracellular enzyme activities, soil pH, gravimetric moisture content and various C and N pools and fluxes.

The experiment was part of the NERC project NE/N009452/1.

Publication date: 2020-06-02

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This dataset is available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

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

You must cite: Broadbent, A.A.D.; Snell, H.S.K.; Michas, A.; Pritchard, W.J.; Newbold, L.; Cordero, I.; Goodall, T.; Griffiths, R.I.; Schloter, M.; Bahn, M.; Bardgett, R.D. (2020). Alpine grassland soil microbial and biogeochemical data from a snow manipulation experiment in Hohe Mut, Austria, 2017. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


The University of Manchester


Study area
Temporal extent
2017-03-28    to    2017-07-08

Provenance & quality

Soil was sampled at six time-points from late winter (28th march 2017) to early summer (8th July 2017) across 15 experimental plots. Snow had been removed from five plots, added to five other plots and remained untouched on five plots (controls). Soil cores were taken (Ø = 2 cm, depth = 7 cm, where possible, although some cores were shallower when soil was frozen during winter) using a steel corer from five randomly chosen locations in each plot. Soil cores from the same plot were pooled and homogenised, any vegetation or litter was separated and discarded. Soil subsamples were immediately lysed in the field and stored at -80 deg C prior to molecular analyses. The remaining soil samples were sieved (4 mm) and stored at 4oC prior to biogeochemical analyses. See documentation accompanying the data for further details.

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Arthur Broadbent
The University of Manchester


Broadbent, A.A.D.
The University of Manchester
Snell, H.S.K.
The University of Manchester
Michas, A.
Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
Pritchard, W.J.
The University of Manchester
Newbold, L.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Cordero, I.
The University of Manchester
Goodall, T.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Griffiths, R.I.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Schloter, M.
Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
Bahn, M.
Innsbruck University, Austria
Bardgett, R.D.
The University of Manchester

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Biota , Environment
Austria Environmental survey Hohe Mut Soil
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
Last updated
13 May 2021 09:25