Radbourne, A.R.; Ryves, D.B.; Anderson, N.J.; Scott, D.R.

Organic carbon burial calculation using sediment trap and sediment core records from Rostherne Mere, Cheshire, UK (1360-2016)

This dataset includes sediment trap, sediment core and loss-on-ignition to total organic carbon measurements from a PhD research project at Rostherne Mere in Cheshire. These data were collected to show the relationship between the changing nutrient loads and subsequent organic carbon burial over the last 120 years. The sediment trap data cover the period from May 2010 to August 2016, while the sediment core was taken in September 2011 and has been 210Pb dated to circa 1360AD. All data is presented for date, loss-on-ignition (LOI) and calcium carbonate (CaCO3), with sediment trap data converted into net flux measurements and sediment core data calculated for net sedimentation rate following 210Pb dating. The conversion from LOI to total organic carbon was measured using mass spectrometry and applied to the trap and core data. The work was carried out as part of a Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded PhD [grant number NE/L002493/1], with part of the work also funded by the NERC small grant [grant number NE/H011978/1].

Publication date: 2018-08-09

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

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

You must cite: Radbourne, A.R.; Ryves, D.B.; Anderson, N.J.; Scott, D.R. (2018). Organic carbon burial calculation using sediment trap and sediment core records from Rostherne Mere, Cheshire, UK (1360-2016). NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/8616c1a0-6c6d-441c-9b10-8464dc4ee346


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Study area
Temporal extent
1330-07-01    to    2016-06-01

Provenance & quality

Sediment trapping using two sequencing traps at 10 m and 25 m water depth was carried out at Rostherne Mere from May 2010 to September 2016. The traps sequentially opened into 12 individual 250 ml HDPE bottles, each representing a two-week collection period (except in January and February longer collection periods of up to four weeks were used). The traps were reset every six months as dictated by the trapping interval used, with trap sediment kept cool, dark and sealed during transport to the laboratory where it was stored frozen prior to analysis. A 112cm long sediment core was collected at 26 m water depth in September 2011 using a Livingstone piston corer. The sealed core was transported vertically to the laboratory, and stored vertically in a dark cold room at 5°C, prior to extrusion at 1cm intervals for the upper 50cm of sediment, and then at 0.5cm intervals for the remainder of the core. Mass-spectrometry elemental analysis was conducted for 23 sediment samples from a combination of sediment core and sediment trap sources. A range of organic matter percentage (OM%) samples were selected to generate an estimated OM to total organic carbon (TOC) conversion, specifically for application to Rostherne Mere sediment samples. The data was collated to Excel spreadsheets held by the lead author at Loughborough University. For ingestion into the Environmental Information data was extracted from the Excel spreadsheets and converted into a comma separated file.


Radbourne, A.D., Ryves, D.B., Anderson, N.J., & Scott, D.R. (2017). The historical dependency of organic carbon burial efficiency. Limnology and Oceanography, 62(4), 1480–1497. https://doi.org/10.1002/lno.10512

Correspondence/contact details

Alan Radbourne
Loughborough University


Radbourne, A.R.
Loughborough University
Ryves, D.B.
Loughborough University
Anderson, N.J.
Loughborough University
Scott, D.R.
Loughborough University

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NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Burial efficiency,  Eutrophication,  nutrients,  Organic carbon,  recovery,  Rostherne Mere,  Sediment core,  Sediment traps
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/L002493/1
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/H011978/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
Last updated
20 May 2022 10:41