Spencer, T.; Evans, B.R.; Möller, I.

Coastal Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (CBESS) sedimentation and erosion monitoring over saltmarsh and mudflat habitats

The dataset details surface elevation and sedimentation measurements across five UK saltmarsh sites. Two of the sites were in Morecambe Bay, North West England and three of the sites were in Essex, South East England, each of these sites consisted of a saltmarsh area and adjacent mudflat area. Rod Sedimentation-Erosion Tables (rSETs) were installed at different distances from the vegetated margin. Three rSETs were deployed for each Essex site and four for the Morecambe sites. rSET benchmarks were installed with associated marker horizons to evaluate surface elevation changes and surface accretion respectively.

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: 2016-02-29

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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: Spencer, T.; Evans, B.R.; Möller, I. (2016). Coastal Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (CBESS) sedimentation and erosion monitoring over saltmarsh and mudflat habitats. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/b71f1244-3bc2-4b52-bf64-f3e479860e28

 

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2012-10-23    to    2013-11-28

Provenance & quality

At each site a number of rSET benchmarks were installed by driving stainless steel rods into the substrate to refusal and mounting rSET receivers on top of them. Feldspar marker horizons were deployed adjacent to the rSET benchmarks. Surface elevation was measured using an rSET instrument and a steel tape measure to the nearest millimetre. Cores were taken to find the depth of the marker horizons which was measured using vernier callipers to the nearest millimetre. Data were recorded manually with no subsequent transformation applied.

Correspondence/contact details

Professor Tom Spencer
University of Cambridge
Department of Geography, Downing Place
Cambridge
CB2 3EN
UK
ts111@cam.ac.uk

Authors

Spencer, T.
University of Cambridge
Evans, B.R.
University of Cambridge
Möller, I.
University of Cambridge

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)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid

Tags

Topic categories
Oceans
INSPIRE Theme
Habitats and Biotopes
Keywords
accretion,  BESS,  CBESS,  Essex Morecambe Bay mudflat,  rod sedimentation-erosion table,  rSET,  saltmarsh,  sedimentation,  shallow subsidence,  Surface elevation,  United Kingdom