Smeaton, C. et al

Spatial mapping of surficial soil organic carbon storage and stocks across Great British saltmarshes

The geospatial dataset maps organic carbon (OC) storage (kg OC m-2) and OC stocks (tonnes OC) of surficial soils across 438 Great British saltmarshes. The OC density for the surficial soils (top 10 cm) is mapped across 451.65 km2 of saltmarshes, identified from current saltmarsh maps of Great Britain’s three constituent countries; Scotland, England and Wales The spatial maps are built upon surficial (top 10 cm) soil bulk density and carbon data produced by the NERC C-Side project and Marine Scotland data combined with existing saltmarsh vegetation maps.

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

Publication date: 2022-07-07

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

Format of the data: Shapefile

You must cite: Smeaton, C.; Burden, A.; Ruranska, P.; Ladd, C.J.T.; Garbutt, A.; Jones, L.; McMahon, L.; Miller, L.C. ; Norris, D.A. ; Skov, M.W. ; Austin, W.E.N. (2022). Spatial mapping of surficial soil organic carbon storage and stocks across Great British saltmarshes. NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/cb8840f2-c630-4a86-9bba-d0e070d56f04

 

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2018-01-01    to    2020-12-31

Provenance & quality

OC storage (kg OC m2) were calculated for each class of saltmarsh vegetation and marsh zone found in Great Britain using the OC content (% wt.) and dry bulk density (kg m-3) for saltmarsh soils were provide by the NERC C-Side project and Marine Scotland data. This data resource contains maps OC densities across 438 Great British saltmarshes. The mean OC storage of each NVC class/marsh zone was combined with the saltmarsh mapping of English, Scottish and Welsh saltmarshes to produce a bespoke GIS layers mapping the OC storage across Great British saltmarsh soils to a depth of 10 cm. Results were exported as shapefiles (.shp) for ingestion into the EIDC.

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Correspondence/contact details

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

Authors

Smeaton, C.
University of Saint Andrews
Burden, A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Ruranska, P.
University of Saint Andrews
Ladd, C.J.T.
University of Glasgow
Garbutt, A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Jones, L.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
McMahon, L.
University of York
Miller, L.C.
University of Saint Andrews
Norris, D.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Skov, M.W.
Bangor University
Austin, W.E.N.
University of Saint 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
Geoscientific Information
Keywords
blue carbon,  carbon,  coastal,  cores,  C-SIDE,  dry bulk density,  England,  intertidal,  organic carbon,  organic matter,  saltmarsh,  salt marsh,  Scotland,  sediment,  soil,  stock,  storage,  substrate,  United Kingdom,  Wales,  wetland
INSPIRE Theme
Habitats and Biotopes
Funding
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/R010846/1
Spatial representation type
Vector
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
19 July 2022 15:48