Ruranska, P.; Miller, L.C.; Hindle, C.; Ladd, C.J.T.; Smeaton, C.; Skov, M.W.; Austin, W.E.N.

Dry bulk density, loss on ignition and organic carbon content of surficial soils from Scottish salt marshes, 2018-2019

The dataset comprises of biogeochemical measurements of saltmarsh soil collected from 46 salt marshes across Scotland. Sites were chosen to represent contrasting habitats across Scotland, in particular sediment types, vegetation and sea level history. The data provide a quantitative measure of the dry bulk density, soil texture, organic matter content (LOI) and organic carbon present within surface soils (up to a depth of 10 cm). A total of 471 samples were collected, 157 of the samples were collected using modified syringe samplers as part of the citizen scientist programme CarbonQuest (Part of C-SIDE) these were supplemented by a further 109 samples from the C-SIDE team. The remaining 205 samples were collected using a soil corer (Gouge) as part of the C-SIDE sampling programme. The samples were processed for bulk density, soil texture, organic matter content using the Loss on Ignition (LOI) method and the organic carbon was quantified through elemental analysis. The data were collected to help create a detailed picture of saltmarsh carbon storage across Scotland.

The work was carried out under the NERC programme - Carbon Storage in Intertidal Environment (C-SIDE), NERC grant reference NE/R010846/1

Publication date: 2020-12-18

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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: Ruranska, P.; Miller, L.C.; Hindle, C.; Ladd, C.J.T.; Smeaton, C.; Skov, M.W.; Austin, W.E.N. (2020). Dry bulk density, loss on ignition and organic carbon content of surficial soils from Scottish salt marshes, 2018-2019. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/81a1301f-e5e2-44f9-afe0-0ea5bb08010f

 

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2018-01-01    to    2020-12-15

Provenance & quality

Soil cores were taken at each sampling location using a modified syringe corer (50ml) or a soil corer (30mm Gouge). The location of the sample was recorded using GPS. Prior to analysis the samples were stored at -20 degrees Celsius at the University of St Andrews. Dry bulk density, soil texture, organic matter content and organic carbon data was produced using standard analytical procedures (detailed in the supporting documentation). All laboratory equipment were calibrated in accordance with the laboratory practises at the University of St Andrews. Results were recorded on to lab sheets and transferred into an Excel file. Results were exported as comma separated value (.csv) file for ingestion into the EIDC.

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Correspondence/contact details

Austin, W.E.N.
University of St Andrews
 wena@st-andrews.ac.uk

Authors

Ruranska, P.
University of St Andrews
Miller, L.C.
University of St Andrews
Hindle, C.
University of St Andrews
Ladd, C.J.T.
Bangor University
Smeaton, C.
University of St Andrews
Skov, M.W.
Bangor University
Austin, W.E.N.
University of St Andrews

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
The University Court of the University of St Andrews
 court@st-andrews.ac.uk

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Environment
Keywords
Blue carbon,  Bulk density,  Carbon,  Carbon Storage in Intertidal Environments Citizen Science,  coastal,  C-SIDE intertidal,  LOI,  loss on ignition,  Organic carbon,  Organic matter,  saltmarsh,  salt marsh,  Scotland,  Sediment,  Soil,  Soil texture,  wetland
INSPIRE Theme
Habitats and Biotopes
Funding
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/R010846/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference systems
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
WGS 84
Last updated
25 June 2021 18:34