Keith, A.M. ; Cave, M.R.; Dodd, B.A.; Smart, S.M.; Turner, G.; Tye, A.M.; Wood, C.M.

Soil aggregate stability data from arable and grassland in Countryside Survey, Great Britain 2007

This dataset consists of Particle Size Distribution (PSD) measurements made on 419 archived topsoil samples and derived aggregate stability metrics from arable and grassland habitats across Great Britain in 2007. Laser granulometry was used to measure PSD of 1–2 mm aggregates before and after sonication and the difference in their Mean Weight Diameter (MWD) used to indicate aggregate stability. The samples were collected as part of the Countryside Survey monitoring programme, a unique study or ‘audit’ of the natural resources of the UK’s countryside. The analyses were conducted as part of study aiming to quantify how soil quality indicators change across a gradient of agricultural land management and to identify conditions that determine the ability of different soils to resist and recover from perturbations.

Publication date: 2020-03-04

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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: Keith, A.M. ; Cave, M.R.; Dodd, B.A.; Smart, S.M.; Turner, G.; Tye, A.M.; Wood, C.M. (2020). Soil aggregate stability data from arable and grassland in Countryside Survey, Great Britain 2007 . NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/be3793b6-90fb-4e4c-9515-220cc33223b9

 

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Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2007-05-01    to    2007-10-31

Provenance & quality

Soil samples were collected in 2007 by Countryside Survey field surveyors, who were provided with a field sampling manual and underwent training for sample collection and processing. Protocols were also provided to cover all aspects of processing of the soil cores from logging in of cores as they arrived at the laboratory to basic measurements, chemical analysis and archiving the final samples. Soils were sieved to 2 mm and air-dried before storage.
Pre-measurements were made on samples to determine the best aggregate masses to use for fine, medium and coarse texture soils; this obscuration values. During PSD analyses, a reference soil was analysed in each batch of measurements. Two standard particle size materials were also used throughout the series of analyses to check for accuracy and precision of the PSD measurements by the Laser granulometer instrument.

Related

This dataset is included in the following collections

Countryside Survey 2007

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Aidan Keith
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg
Lancaster
Lancashire
LA1 4AP
United Kingdom
 enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Authors

Keith, A.M.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Cave, M.R.
British Geological Survey
Dodd, B.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Smart, S.M.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Turner, G.
British Geological Survey
Tye, A.M.
British Geological Survey
Wood, C.M.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Custodian
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
England Great Britain,  Land cover Scotland Soil Wales
INSPIRE Theme
Soil
Funding
Natural Environment Research Council
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
13 March 2020 14:23