Smeaton, C.; Rees-Hughs, L.; Barlow, N.L.M.; Austin, W.E.N.

Sedimentological and organic carbon data from the Kyle of Tongue saltmarsh, Scotland, 2018

The dataset comprises of physical property and biogeochemical measurements of saltmarsh soil collected using the hammer coring technique from the Kyle of Tongue saltmarsh in the North of Scotland. The site was chosen to represent northern, loch head marshes and to test different coring techniques in organic rich soils. The data provides a quantitative measure of the dry bulk density, water content, porosity and organic carbon content present within the soils of the Kyle of Tongue saltmarsh. A total of 4 cores were collected, 39 samples were collected at 10cm intervals down the length of each core. The samples were processed for bulk density, water content, porosity and organic carbon content which was quantified through elemental analysis. The data were collected to help create a detailed picture of saltmarsh carbon storage in the soils of UK saltmarsh and test different coring approaches. The cores were collected by the data authors in November 2018.

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

Publication date: 2021-02-25

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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.; Rees-Hughs, L.; Barlow, N.L.M.; Austin, W.E.N. (2021). Sedimentological and organic carbon data from the Kyle of Tongue saltmarsh, Scotland, 2018. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/b57ef444-54d4-47f9-8cbf-3cfef1182b55

 

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2018-11-25    to    2018-11-25

Provenance & quality

Soil cores were collected using the hammer coring technique, where a PVC pipe was manually driven into the soil. The location of the cores was recorded using DGPS. Prior to analysis, the cores were split, the soil profile described using the Troel-smith scheme and fixed volumetric (4cm3) samples collected at 10cm intervals down the length of each core. Dry bulk density, water content, porosity and organic carbon data was produced using standard analytical procedures (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.

Correspondence/contact details

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

Authors

Smeaton, C.
University of St Andrews
Rees-Hughs, L.
University of Leeds
Barlow, N.L.M.
University of Leeds
Austin, W.E.N.
University of St Andrews

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
The University Court of the University of St Andrews
 court@st-andrews.ac.uk

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Environment
Keywords
blue carbon,  bulk density,  carbon,  Carbon Storage in Intertidal Environments coastal,  C-SIDE Intertidal,  LOI,  Loss on ignition,  organic carbon,  saltmarsh,  Salt marsh,  Scotland,  Sediment,  Soil,  soil texture,  wetland
INSPIRE Theme
Habitats and Biotopes
Funding
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/R010846/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference systems
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
WGS 84
Last updated
18 May 2022 12:29