Estop-Aragones, C. et al

Soil dates using 210Pb in profiles from permafrost in subarctic Canada

This dataset consists of soils dated using 210Pb in profiles from permafrost in subarctic Canada. Soil cores were sampled during early summer in 2013 and 2014 from peatland plateaus, thawing peatland plateaus, burnt and unburnt black spruce forests in Yukon and Northwest Territories. The upper part of the soil profile was dated using 210Pb to quantify recent carbon accumulation rates.

Publication date: 2016-02-05

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

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

You must cite: Estop-Aragones, C.; Fisher, J.P.; Cooper, M.A.; Thierry, A.; Treharne, R.; Murton, J.B.; Phoenix, G.K.; Charman, D.J.; Williams, M.; Hartley, I.P. (2016). Soil dates using 210Pb in profiles from permafrost in subarctic Canada. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


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Study area
Temporal extent
2013-06-15    to    2014-09-15

Provenance & quality

210Pb dating was used to date the upper part of the soil profile which was cut at intervals of 1 cm resolution. Samples were freeze dried and ground and the 210Pb activity was determined by alpha spectrometry following chemical extraction. Constant rate of supply models were used to assign ages in years to the soil. This data can be used to quantify recent carbon accumulation rates (refer to dataset of bulk density, carbon and nitrogen content).

Correspondence/contact details

Professor Mathew Williams
University of Edinburgh
Global Change Research Institute, Crew Building, Kings Buildings


Estop-Aragones, C.
Exeter University
Fisher, J.P.
University of Sheffield
Cooper, M.A.
Exeter University
Thierry, A.
University of Edinburgh
Treharne, R.
University of Sheffield
Murton, J.B.
University of Sussex
Phoenix, G.K.
University of Sheffield
Charman, D.J.
Exeter University
Williams, M.
University of Edinburgh
Hartley, I.P.
Exeter University

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre


Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system


Topic categories
Canada Fire,  Lead dating,  Peatland plateu,  Permafrost,  Thawing peatland