Soil state and environmental parameters across geo linked sampling locations on grassland, UK (2016)

Data are presented for soil state and environmental parameters of soil samples collected from paired intensive and extensive grassland systems, including low and high pH parent soils, from 32 sites across the United Kingdom. The samples were collected during winter and spring 2015-2016 by project staff experienced in soil core collection. Samples were subdivided for subsequent analysis of total Nitrogen, total Carbon, total organic Carbon, total Phosphorus, soil pH, soil moisture, loss on ignition, sand, silt, clay texture, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) spectra and bulk density.

The data were collected to help understand soil functional change in a variety of management and climatic scenarios as part of NERC U-GRASS (Understanding and enhancing soil ecosystem services and resilience in UK grass and croplands) award (NERC Reference NE/M017125/1) part of the NERC Soil Security Programme.

Publication date: 2019-09-11

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

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Study area
Temporal extent
2015-06-15    to    2016-06-15

Provenance & quality

Soil samples were collected from 32 grassland sites across the United Kingdom and stored frozen at –20 degrees Celsius prior to subsequent processing for chemical, physical, molecular and functional characteristics. Analysis was carried out for total Nitrogen, total Carbon, total organic Carbon, total Phosphorus (CEH Lancaster), soil pH, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) spectra, bulk density (CEH Wallingford) , soil moisture, loss on ignition (CEH Lancaster and Wallingford), sand, silt, clay texture (NRM Laboratories). Results were returned from the laboratories compiled into an Excel spreadsheet. The compiled data set was exported as a comma separated value file for deposition into the EIDC.

Correspondence/contact details

Goodall, T.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology


Griffiths, R.I.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Puissant, J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Dos Santos Pereira, G.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Goodall, T.I.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Chemical parameters,  Grassland,  Landuse,  Paired,  Physical parameters,  Soil,  U-GRASS,  Understanding and enhancing soil ecosystem services and resilience in UK grass and croplands
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
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