Smeaton, C.; Miller, L.C.; Ladd, C.J.T.; O'Dell, A.; Austin, W.E.N.

Bulk elemental and stable isotope composition of organic matter from terrestrial, intertidal, and marine environments, UK, 2016-2021

Bulk elemental (carbon and nitrogen) and stable isotope (delta 13C and delta 15N) data produced from 491 samples collected between 2016-2021 from terrestrial (soil, peat, living biomass, dead biomass), intertidal (saltmarsh vegetation, saltmarsh roots, seagrass biomass, mudflat, faecal matter) and marine (macroalgae, microalgae zooplankton, finfish aquaculture waste) environments across the UK.

These samples alongside analytical standard derived from natural materials (lignin, humic acid, cellulose, glucose, protein) were analysed to determine their bulk elemental (organic carbon and nitrogen) and stable isotope (delta 13C org and delta 15N) composition. These values are envisioned to be used to constrain organic carbon sources (terrestrial vs marine) in the natural environment when used alongside isotope mixing models.

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

Publication date: 2022-04-05

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

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

You must cite: Smeaton, C.; Miller, L.C.; Ladd, C.J.T.; O'Dell, A.; Austin, W.E.N. (2022). Bulk elemental and stable isotope composition of organic matter from terrestrial, intertidal, and marine environments, UK, 2016-2021. NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/a445a7a8-528d-4e0b-9094-28cbcd449367

 

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2016-01-01    to    2021-12-31

Provenance & quality

Samples were collected from coastal catchments around the United Kingdom, the material was described in the field using expert knowledge. The samples were stored at -20°C prior to analysis. The samples were oven dried at (40°C for 72 hours) prior to being milled to a fine powder. Bulk elemental (OC and N) and stable isotope (delta 13C org and delta 15N) composition was determined following the standard methodology 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) files for ingestion into the EIDC.

Supplemental information

Correspondence/contact details

Smeaton, C.
University of St Andrews
 cs244@st-andrews.ac.uk

Authors

Smeaton, C.
University of St Andrews
Miller, L.C.
University of St Andrews
Ladd, C.J.T.
University of Glasgow
O'Dell, A.
Scottish Association of Marine Science
Austin, W.E.N.
University of St Andrews

Other contacts

Custodian
NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
 info@eidc.ac.uk
Publisher
NERC EDS 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
Biota
Keywords
algae,  blue carbon,  bulk elemental,  C/N,  carbon coastal,  C-SIDE fjord,  intertidal,  isotopes,  macroalgae,  nitrogen organic carbon,  roots,  saltmarsh,  salt marsh,  Scotland,  sediment,  soil,  United Kingdom,  wetland
INSPIRE Theme
Habitats and Biotopes
Funding
Natural Environment Research Council
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
GB place names
Last updated
20 April 2022 10:38