Smeaton, C. et al

Physical and geochemical properties of saltmarsh soils from wide diameter gouge cores in UK saltmarshes collected between 2018 and 2021

The dataset comprises of physical and biogeochemical measurements of saltmarsh soils from across 19 UK saltmarshes. The data provides a quantitative measure of soil dry bulk density, organic carbon content, nitrogen content, CN ratio, N/C ratio, δ13Corg and δ15N across varies substrate and marsh types. Between 2018 and 2021, 33 wide diameter gouge cores (60 mm in diameter) were collected as part of the Carbon Storage in Intertidal Environments (C-SIDE) project to facilitate the calculation of organic carbon burial rates in saltmarsh soils. Sites were chosen to represent contrasting habitats types in the UK, in particular sediment types, vegetation and sea level history.

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

Publication date: 2022-07-04

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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: Smeaton, C.; Ladd, C.J.T.; Havelock, G.M.; Miller, L.C.; Garrett, E.; Hiles, W.; McMahon, L.; Mills, R.T.E.; Radbourne, A.; Rees-Hughes, L.; Riegel, S.; Barlow, N.L.M.; Skov, M.W. ; Gehrels, R.; Austin, W.E.N. (2022). Physical and geochemical properties of saltmarsh soils from wide diameter gouge cores in UK saltmarshes collected between 2018 and 2021. NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/279558cd-20fb-4f19-8077-4400817a4482

 

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2018-01-01    to    2020-12-31

Provenance & quality

Across 19 UK saltmarshes 33 wide diameter (60mm) soil cores were collected. The location of each coring site was recorded using Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS). Prior to analysis the samples were stored at 4 degrees Celsius at the University of St Andrews. Upon return to the laboratory the cores were described following the Troels-Smith scheme. The cores were sub-sampled at 1cm intervals resulting in 1952 samples. Soil dry bulk density, organic carbon content, nitrogen content, δ13Corg and δ15N was measured 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.

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Correspondence/contact details

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

Authors

Smeaton, C.
University of St Andrews
Ladd, C.J.T.
University of Glasgow
Havelock, G.M.
University of York
Miller, L.C.
University of St Andrews
Garrett, E.
University of York
Hiles, W.
University of St Andrews
McMahon, L.
University of York
Mills, R.T.E.
University of York
Radbourne, A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Rees-Hughes, L.
University of Leeds
Riegel, S.
University of St Andrews
Barlow, N.L.M.
University of Leeds
Skov, M.W.
Bangor University
Gehrels, R.
University of York
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
C/N,  carbon,  coastal,  cores,  C-SIDE,  dry bulk density,  England,  intertidal,  isotopes,  N/C,  nitrogen,  organic carbon,  organic matter,  saltmarsh,  salt marsh,  Scotland,  sediment,  soil,  substrate,  United Kingdom,  Wales,  wetland
INSPIRE Theme
Habitats and Biotopes
Funding
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/R010846/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
Last updated
19 July 2022 15:06