Bell, V.A. et al

Collated neutron probe measurements and derived soil moisture data, UK, 1966-2013

The dataset of neutron probe soil moisture observations for 112 sites (428 probe locations) from 1966 to 2013 includes 4 comma-separated tables, derived from the UK Soil Moisture Databank.

The data include:
• Neutron probe readings (number of neutrons) and Volumetric soil moisture content (m3 m-3) at a range of soil depths
• Profile moisture content (m3 m-3) to a range of soil depths
• Metadata (includes probe location, maximum depth of readings, soil type, vegetation, start date, end date)
• Relevant publications (references and URL where available) for individual datasets

The tube site locations are provided as British National Grid references and latitude/longitude in the tube metadata file. Depths of tube readings are provided in metres.

Publication date: 2022-05-19

Get the data

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

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

You must cite: Bell, V.A.; Davies, H.N.; Fry, M.; Zhang, T.; Murphy, H.; Hitt, O.; Hewitt, E.J.; Chapman, R.; Black, K.B. (2022). Collated neutron probe measurements and derived soil moisture data, UK, 1966-2013. NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/450bb14b-c711-47af-8792-f9bd88482cd4

 

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
1966-01-01    to    2013-12-31

Provenance & quality

An archive of neutron probe data for over 400 UK locations has been assembled following a data recovery process. The UKSMD (UK Soil Moisture Databank) consists of neutron probe observations from 1966 to 2013 recovered from fragile magnetic tapes and from disparate spreadsheets and databases. Much of the older data (1960s and 1970s) formed part of a national soil moisture database, “The Soil Moisture Databank (SMDB)” which was previously considered lost, but has since been recovered from old tapes, reassembled, and quality assessed. An additional archive of more-recent neutron probe data for a further 329 probe locations up to 2013 has been retrieved from disparate spreadsheets and databases across UKCEH. All associated data, from the raw digitised neutron probe measurements to volumetric soil moisture data have been quality controlled and converted to standard (SI) units
See supporting information for more details.

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Vicky Bell
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford
Wallingford
Oxfordshire
OX10 8BB
UNITED KINGDOM
 enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Authors

Bell, V.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Davies, H.N.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Fry, M.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Zhang, T.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Murphy, H.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Hitt, O.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Hewitt, E.J.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Chapman, R.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Black, K.B.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
 enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Environment
Keywords
Hydrology Neutron-probe,  Soil Soil-moisture,  UK
INSPIRE Theme
Soil
Funding
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/N018125/1
European Union Award: Project no. 603525
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
20 May 2022 11:04