Thomas, A.R.C.; Cosby, B.J.; Henrys, P.A.; Emmett, B.A.

Topsoil carbon concentration estimates from the Countryside Survey of Great Britain, 2007 using a generalized additive model

This dataset presents modelled estimates of soil carbon concentration (g kg-1) at 1km2 resolution across Great Britain. A Generalized Additive Model approach was used with Countryside Survey soil carbon data from 2007 and including climate, atmospheric deposition, habitat, soil and spatial predictors. The model is based on soil carbon data from 2446 locations across Great Britain and is representative of 0-15 cm soil depth. Loss-on-ignition (LOI) was determined by combustion of 10g dry soil at 375 degrees Celsius for 16 hours; carbon concentration was estimated by multiplying LOI by a factor of 0.55. The Countryside Survey looks at a range of physical, chemical and biological properties of the topsoil from a representative sample of habitats across the UK.

This work was supported by the Natural Environment Research Council award number NE/R016429/1 as part of the UK-SCAPE programme delivering National Capability.

Publication date: 2020-11-25

Get the data

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

Format of the data: NetCDF

You must cite: Thomas, A.R.C.; Cosby, B.J.; Henrys, P.A.; Emmett, B.A. (2020). Topsoil carbon concentration estimates from the Countryside Survey of Great Britain, 2007 using a generalized additive model. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/3aaa52d3-918a-4f95-b065-32f33e45d4f6

 

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2007-01-01    to    2007-12-31

Provenance & quality

The data used to model soil carbon concentration are taken from the Countryside Survey. The technical reports by Emmett et al. (2010) present full methodological details for the Countryside Survey soil sampling and analytical processes, and can be found at: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/9354/1/CS_UK_2007_TR9.pdf.

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Pete Henrys
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
Lancaster
Lancashire
LA1 4AP
UNITED KINGDOM
 enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Authors

Thomas, A.R.C.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Cosby, B.J.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Henrys, P.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Emmett, B.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Custodian
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Rights Holder
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
 enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Geoscientific Information
Keywords
Broad Habitat,  Carbon,  Climate,  Countryside Survey,  Deposition,  Loss on ignition,  Organic matter,  Parent Material Model,  Soil UK-SCAPE
INSPIRE Theme
Soil
Funding
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/R016429/1
Spatial representation type
Raster
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
25 June 2021 18:40