Henrys, P.A.; Keith, A.M.; Robinson, D.A.; Emmett, B.A.

Model estimates of topsoil moisture [Countryside Survey]

Topsoil moisture data - gravimetric moisture content (%). Data is representative of 0 - 15 cm soil depth. Cores from 1098 plots within 256 1km by 1km squares were measured in 1998 and 2614 plots within 591 1km x 1km squares were analysed in 2007 across Great Britain. See Emmett et al. 2010 for further details of sampling and methods (http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5201/1/CS_UK_2007_TR3%5B1%5D.pdf). Estimates of mean values within selected habitats and parent material characteristics across GB were made using Countryside Survey (CS) data from 1998 and 2007 using a mixed model approach. The estimated means of habitat/parent material combinations are modelled on dominant habitat and parent material characteristics derived from the Land Cover Map 2007 and Parent Material Model 2009, respectively. The parent material characteristics used were those which minimised AIC in the model (see Data documentation). Please see Scott, 2008 for further details of similar statistical analysis (http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5202/1/CS_UK_2007_TR4%5B1%5D.pdf). Areas, such as urban and littoral rock, are not sampled by CS and therefore have no associated data. Also, in some circumstances sample sizes for particular habitat / parent material combinations were insufficient to estimate mean values.

Publication date: 2014-06-26

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Format of the dataset : ESRI Shapefile format

You must cite: Henrys, P.A.; Keith, A.M.; Robinson, D.A.; Emmett, B.A. (2014). Model estimates of topsoil moisture [Countryside Survey]. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/8db84900-5fdb-43be-a607-e56c843d9b87


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Supplemental information

This dataset is referenced in:

JONES, R. A., BROPHY, P. M., MITCHELL, E. S., & WILLIAMS, H. W. (2016). Rumen fluke (Calicophoron daubneyi) on Welsh farms: prevalence, risk factors and observations on co-infection with Fasciola hepatica. Parasitology, 144(2), 237-247
Beamish, D. (2015). Relationships between gamma-ray attenuation and soils in SW England. Geoderma, 259–260, 174–186.

Other useful information regarding this dataset:

Emmett, B.A., Reynolds, B., Chamberlain, P.M., Rowe, E., Spurgeon, D., Brittain, S.A., Frogbrook, Z., Hughes, S., Lawlor, A.J., Poskitt, J., Potter, E., Robinson, D.A., Scott, A., Wood, C., Woods, C. (2010). Countryside Survey: Soils Report from 2007. Technical Report No. 9/07. NERC/Centre for Ecology & Hydrology 192pp. (CEH Project Number: C03259).

Provenance & quality

Data used are taken from the Countryside Survey Soils Report (Emmett et al. 2010) which can be found at http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/9354/1/CS_UK_2007_TR9.pdf

Correspondence/contact details

Keith, A.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology


Henrys, P.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Keith, A.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Robinson, D.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Emmett, B.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre


Spatial representation type
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid


Topic categories
Broad Habitat,  Countryside Survey,  Parent Material Model,  Soil