Ford, H.; Garbutt, A.; Skov, M.

Coastal Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (CBESS) standing crop biomass on salt marsh sites at Morecambe Bay and Essex

The dataset comprises of above ground vegetation cut to ground level and dried to give indication of standing crop biomass in a 50 centimetre (cm) x 25cm area (taken within a 1metre (m) x 1m quadrat) . Sampling was conducted at six salt marsh sites at four spatial scales: 1 m (the minimal sampling unit) nested within a hierarchy of increasing scales of 1-10 m, 10-100 m and 100-1000 m. Three of the sites were in Morecambe Bay, North West England and three of the sites were in Essex, South East England. All samples were taken during the winter and summer of 2013.

This data was collected as part of Coastal Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (CBESS): NE/J015644/1. The project was funded with support from the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) programme. BESS is a six-year programme (2011-2017) funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) as part of the UK's Living with Environmental Change (LWEC) programme.

Publication date: 2016-05-03

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

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

You must cite: Ford, H.; Garbutt, A.; Skov, M. (2016). Coastal Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (CBESS) standing crop biomass on salt marsh sites at Morecambe Bay and Essex. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/87114da4-3189-471f-9832-00b3e759232f

 

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2013-01-01    to    2013-08-31

Provenance & quality

A 50 centimetre (cm) x 25cm area of above ground vegetation was taken randomly within each 1metre (m) x 1m quadrat, cut to ground level, then dried at 60 degrees Celsius for 72 hours to give an indication of standing crop biomass. Results were recorded onto field sheets. These data were transferred into an Excel file. Results were exported as comma separated value files for ingestion into the EIDC.
The location of the sample sites was determined by randomly allocated quadrats. Each site consisted of a rectangular area of saltmarsh between 400 x 500 m to 1000 x 1000 m in size, dependent upon saltmarsh length (parallel to shore) and width (perpendicular to shore), including part of the low, mid and high marsh zones. Twenty two 1 x 1 m quadrats were randomly allocated to each site rectangle using R (R Development Core Team, 2014) to specify four different spatial scales (A = 1 quadrat only, B = 3 quadrats at 1 m to 10 m apart, C = 6 quadrats at 10 m to 100 m apart, D = 12 quadrats at 100 m to 1000 m or site maximum).

Correspondence/contact details

Hilary Ford
University of Bangor
Thoday Building, Deiniol Road
Bangor
Gwynedd
LL57 2UW
UK
hilary.ford@bangor.ac.uk

Authors

Ford, H.
University of Bangor
Garbutt, A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Skov, M.
University of Bangor

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)

Tags

Topic categories
Biota
Keywords
BESS (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability),  biomass,  CBESS (Coastal Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability),  Essex Grassland,  Morecambe Bay Salt marsh,  Standing crop,  Vegetation
INSPIRE Theme
Habitats and Biotopes