Turner, S.D. et al

210Pb-dated historical lake sediment metal concentrations from Greater Glasgow, Scotland (mid-19th century to 2016)

Measurements of sediment properties (including organic and carbonate content), radionuclides (210Pb, 137Cs, 241Am) and elements (including mercury, nickel, copper, zinc, and lead) in lake sediment successions. Radionuclide dating provides a reliable chronology of sediment ages from the mid-19th century (sometimes only 20th century) to the present (2016). The dataset comprises a standardised matrix of multiple measured sediment variables (element values per mass) against stratigraphic depth for 8 lakes. In some water bodies multiple core datasets exist.

Publication date: 2021-09-07

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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: Turner, S.D.; Yang, H.; Rose, N.L.; Shilland, J.; Bennion, H.; Jones, V.; Sayer, C.; Baker, A. (2021). 210Pb-dated historical lake sediment metal concentrations from Greater Glasgow, Scotland (mid-19th century to 2016). NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/4b4a2388-fea2-48e8-8d61-4b93ada479bb



Study area
Temporal extent
…    to    2016-12-31

Provenance & quality

Sediment cores were collected by boat and coring equipment in 2016. Cores were subsampled (sliced) on-site and processed on return to laboratory. Multiple samples from separate core depth intervals were measured. Samples of sediment intervals were measured for water content, organic content and carbonate content by heating and combustion (loss-on-ignition). Concentrations of elements were measured on freeze-dried, milled samples of sediment by X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) spectroscopy using an Energy dispersive XRF (Bruker Ltd) with standard reference sediments prepared and run with the core samples. 210Pb dating and other radionuclides were measured on subsamples from core intervals by gamma spectroscopy at the UCL Environmental Radiometric Facility. Mercury (total) was measured on subsamples by cold-vapour fluorescence spectroscopy (CV-AFS). Sediment core element concentrations measured by XRF and CV-AFS were measured in machines with laboratory blanks and standard reference sediment samples.

Correspondence/contact details

Turner, S.D.
ECRC-UCL Geography


Turner, S.D.
ECRC-UCL Geography
Yang, H.
ECRC-UCL Geography
Rose, N.L.
ECRC-UCL Geography
Shilland, J.
ECRC-UCL Geography
Bennion, H.
ECRC-UCL Geography
Jones, V.
ECRC-UCL Geography
Sayer, C.
ECRC-UCL Geography
Baker, A.
Teesside University

Other contacts

NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
Rights Holder
University College London

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Inland Waters
geochemistry,  Lake sediment,  lead-210,  loch sediment,  mercury,  trace metals
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/N006437/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
Last updated
07 September 2021 13:12