Smeaton, C. et al

Physical and geochemical properties of saltmarsh soils from narrow diameter gouge cores in UK saltmarshes collected between 2018 and 2021

The dataset comprises of physical and biogeochemical measurements of saltmarsh soils from across 22 UK saltmarshes. Between 2018 and 2021, 462 narrow diameter gouge cores (30 mm in diameter) were collected as part of the Carbon Storage in Intertidal Environments (C-SIDE) project to facilitate the calculation of saltmarsh soil organic carbon stocks. Sites were chosen to represent contrasting habitats types in the UK, in particular sediment types, vegetation and sea level history. The data provides a quantitative measure of soil dry bulk density and organic carbon content across varies substrate and marsh types.

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

Publication date: 2022-07-01

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This dataset will be available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the data: Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Smeaton, C.; Ladd, C.J.T.; Havelock, G.M.; Miller, L.C.; Garrett, E.; Hiles, W.; McMahon, L.; Mills, R.T.E.; Radbourne, A.; Rees-Hughes, L.; Riegel, S.; Barlow, N.L.M.; Skov, M.W. ; Gehrels, R.; Austin, W.E.N. (2022). Physical and geochemical properties of saltmarsh soils from narrow diameter gouge cores in UK saltmarshes collected between 2018 and 2021. NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/d301c5f5-77f5-41ba-934e-a80e1293d4cd

 

Where/When

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

Provenance & quality

Across 22 UK saltmarshes 462 narrow diameter (30mm) soil cores were collected, the cores were described in the field following the Troels-Smith scheme. The cores were sub-sampled in the field at 10cm intervals resulting in 3434 samples. The location of each coring site was recorded using DGPS. Prior to analysis the samples were stored at 4 degrees Celsius at the University of St Andrews. Soil dry bulk density and organic carbon content was measured 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
Ladd, C.J.T.
University of Glasgow
Havelock, G.M.
University of York
Miller, L.C.
University of St Andrews
Garrett, E.
University of York
Hiles, W.
University of St Andrews
McMahon, L.
University of York
Mills, R.T.E.
University of York
Radbourne, A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Rees-Hughes, L.
University of Leeds
Riegel, S.
University of St Andrews
Barlow, N.L.M.
University of Leeds
Skov, M.W.
Bangor University
Gehrels, R.
University of York
Austin, W.E.N.
University of St 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
Biota
Keywords
blue carbon,  carbon,  coastal,  cores,  C-SIDE,  dry bulk density,  England,  intertidal,  organic carbon,  organic matter,  saltmarsh,  salt marsh,  Scotland,  sediment,  soil,  substrate,  United Kingdom,  Wales,  wetland
INSPIRE Theme
Habitats and Biotopes
Funding
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/R010846/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
Last updated
19 July 2022 14:56