Cowan, N.J.; Levy, P.E.; Skiba, U.M.

Nitrous oxide fluxes and associated soil measurements from a mixed livestock farm in central Scotland (2012-2013)

This data set includes over 500 individual flux measurements of nitrous oxide (N2O) from a mixed livestock farm, carried out in 2012 and 2013 using a high-precision flux chamber method. Measurements of soil properties are also reported for each individual flux measurement. Soil pH, temperature moisture content, bulk density and ammonia and nitrate concentrations (extracted via the KCl method) are reported in the data. The data represents arable and grazed fields (cattle and sheep) as well as other sources of N2O from agricultural lands such as barns, manure heaps and silage storage. This data was used to assess farms scale emissions of N2O from a variety of sources over four seasons.

Publication date: 2019-06-17

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

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

You must cite: Cowan, N.J.; Levy, P.E.; Skiba, U.M. (2019). Nitrous oxide fluxes and associated soil measurements from a mixed livestock farm in central Scotland (2012-2013). NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/54edbdcf-086e-40a7-b2cc-c1e4fcbfbbbc

 

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2012-09-24    to    2013-07-10

Provenance & quality

Flux measurements were made using a high-precision closed chamber system where air was circulated between the chamber and an Aerodyne quantum cascade laser instrument measuring mixing ratios at 1 Hz. Fluxes were calculated from the concentration change in each chamber by linear and non-linear regression using the R package HMR which also provided the 95 % confidence interval in dc/dt. Soil samples were collected and frozen to - 18 ˚C within six hours of collection. Analysis of soils was carried out within 2 months of sampling. NH4+ and NO3- was extracted from the soil samples using 50 ml of 1 M KCl solution for 15 g of soil. The mixture was filtered using 2.5 µm filter paper (Fisherbrand, Hampton, New Hampshire, USA) and the solution was stored and frozen in 20 ml plastic vials. Concentrations of NH4+ and NO3- were measured using a Bran and Luebbe AutoAnalyser (SPX Flow Technology, Norderstedt, Germany) by the analytical department at the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh. A sub sample of the dried soils was taken to be ground (via ball milling) for elemental analysis of total carbon and nitrogen content of the soil (vario EL cube, Elemaentar, Hanau, Germany), also by the analytical department at the School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh.

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Nicholas Cowan
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bush Estate
Penicuik
Midlothian
EH26 0QB
United Kingdom
enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Authors

Cowan, N.J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Levy, P.E.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Skiba, U.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Custodian
Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
eidc@ceh.ac.uk

Spatial

Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid

Tags

Topic categories
Farming , Climatology / Meteorology / Atmosphere
Keywords
Agriculture Climate and climate change Soil
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities