Robinson, D.A. et al

Topsoil physico-chemical properties from the UKCEH Countryside Survey, Great Britain, 2019

This dataset consists of measures of topsoil (0-15cm) physico-chemical properties from soils sampled from the first 100 1km squares across Great Britain in 2019 as part of a rolling soil and vegetation monitoring program of 500 1km squares repeated every 5 years. The properties included are: soil organic matter (loss on ignition (LOI)), derived carbon concentration, total soil organic carbon (SOC), nitrogen, Olsen-phosphorous, pH, electrical conductivity, soil bulk density of fine earth and fine earth volumetric water content.

The UKCEH Countryside Survey is a unique study or 'audit' of the natural resources of the UK's countryside. The sample sites are chosen from a stratified random sample, based on a 15 by 15 km grid of GB. Surveys have been carried out in 1978, 1984, 1990, 1998 and 2007 by the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) and predecessors, with repeated visits to the majority of squares. The countryside is sampled and surveyed using rigorous scientific methods, allowing us to compare new results with those from previous surveys. In this way, we can detect the gradual and subtle changes that occur in the UK's countryside over time. In addition to soil data, vegetation species data are also gathered by the current phase of the Countryside Survey.

This work was supported by the Natural Environment Research Council award number NE/R016429/1 as part of the UK-SCAPE programme delivering National Capability.

Publication date: 2020-10-06

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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: Robinson, D.A.; Alison, J.; Andrews, C.; Brentegani, M.; Chetiu, N.; Dart, S.; Emmett, B.A.; Fitos, E.; Garbutt, R.A.; Gray, A.; Henrys, P.A.; Hunt, A.; Keenan, P.O.; Keith A.M.; Koblizek, E.; Lebron, I.; Millani Lopes Mazzetto, J.; Pallett, D.W.; Pereira, M.G.; Pinder, A.; Rose, R.J.; Rowe, R.L.; Scarlett, P.; Seaton, F.; Smart, S.M.; Towill, J.; Wagner, M.; Williams, B.; Wood, C.M. (2020). Topsoil physico-chemical properties from the UKCEH Countryside Survey, Great Britain, 2019. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/aaada12b-0af0-44ba-8ffc-5e07f410f435

 

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2019-05-01    to    2019-09-30

Provenance & quality

Within each of 100 x 1km sample squares, a set of soil samples were taken from 5 pre-determined randomly dispersed locations (where practically possible). The soil sample analysed for soil metrics was taken using a black plastic core ('C-core'), 15cm long, from a location co-incident with vegetation surveys.

After collection, the soil cores were refrigerated and stored until posted, usually within a couple of days, to laboratories at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH), Bangor and Lancaster. Analysed data were transferred to secure databases at UKCEH following sample analysis.

Related

This dataset is included in the following collections

Countryside Survey

Supplemental information

Related websites:

Project website

Correspondence/contact details

Robinson, D.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Environment Centre Wales, Deiniol Road
Bangor
Gwynedd
LL57 2UW
UNITED KINGDOM
 enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Authors

Robinson, D.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Alison, J.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Andrews, C.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Brentegani, M.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Chetiu, N.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Dart, S.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Emmett, B.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Fitos, E.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Garbutt, R.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Gray, A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Henrys, P.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Hunt, A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Keenan, P.O.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Keith A.M.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Koblizek, E.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lebron, I.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Millani Lopes Mazzetto, J.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Pallett, D.W.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Pereira, M.G.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Pinder, A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Rose, R.J.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Rowe, R.L.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Scarlett, P.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Seaton, F.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Smart, S.M.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Towill, J.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Wagner, M.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Williams, B.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Wood, C.M.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
 enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Environment
Keywords
derived carbon concentration,  electrical conductivity,  Environmental survey fine earth volumetric water content,  Great Britain,  Olsen-phosphorous,  SOC,  Soil soil bulk density of fine earth,  soil nitrogen,  soil organic matter,  soil pH,  total soil organic carbon,  UK-SCAPE
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Funding
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/R016429/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
25 June 2021 18:38