Keith, A.M.; Dodd, B.A.; Turner, G.; Vane, C.H.; Wood, C.M.

Soil mid-infrared spectroscopy data from arable and grassland in Countryside Survey, Great Britain 2007

This dataset consists of mid-infrared (MIR) spectra measured on 427 archived soil samples from arable and grassland habitats across Great Britain in 2007. Data on diffuse reflectance spectra were obtained from subsamples of finely ground soil, recorded as absorbance values for wavenumber range 4000–400 cm-1.

The soil 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: 2020-08-26

Get the data

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.; Dodd, B.A.; Turner, G.; Vane, C.H.; Wood, C.M. (2020). Soil mid-infrared spectroscopy data from arable and grassland in Countryside Survey, Great Britain 2007. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/d66ca0a6-403d-4f5a-bef1-8ee177f1e1b3

 

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2007-01-01    to    2007-12-31

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.

Each soil sample was scanned twice to obtain repeat spectra, with the sample cup being rotated 180 degrees between scans, and the average of these two spectra included in the dataset. Each individual spectrum (i.e. both from the paired scans) was visually inspected and those containing scanning errors were discarded.

All MIR analyses were conducted at the Organic Geochemistry Facility, BGS (contact chv@bgs.ac.uk for details).

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
Dodd, B.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Turner, G.
British Geological Survey
Vane, C.H.
British Geological Survey
Wood, C.M.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
 enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Environment , Biota
Keywords
Environmental survey Soil
INSPIRE Theme
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Funding
Natural Environment Research Council
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
WGS 84
Last updated
25 June 2021 18:39