Ruranska, P. ; Ladd, C.J.T.; Smeaton, C.; Skov, M.W.; Austin, W.E.N.

Dry bulk density, loss on ignition and organic carbon content of surficial soils from English and Welsh salt marshes 2019

The data provide a quantitative measure of the dry bulk density, soil texture, organic matter content (LOI) and organic carbon present within surface soils (up to a depth of 10 cm). A total of 212 samples from 49 sites across England and Wales were collected using modified syringe samplers as part of the citizen scientist programme CarbonQuest, part of Carbon Storage in Intertidal Environments (C-SIDE) project. Sites were chosen to represent contrasting habitats across England and Wales, in particular sediment types, vegetation and sea level history.The samples were processed for bulk density, soil texture, organic matter content using the Loss on Ignition (LOI) method and the organic carbon was quantified through elemental analysis. The data were collected to help create a detailed picture of saltmarsh carbon storage in surficial soils across England and Wales.

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

Publication date: 2022-01-07

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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: Ruranska, P. ; Ladd, C.J.T.; Smeaton, C.; Skov, M.W.; Austin, W.E.N. (2022). Dry bulk density, loss on ignition and organic carbon content of surficial soils from English and Welsh salt marshes 2019. NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/e5554b83-910f-4030-8f4e-81967dc7047c

 

Where/When

Study area
Temporal extent
2021-01-01    to    2021-08-31

Provenance & quality

Soil cores were taken at each sampling location using a modified syringe corer (50ml). The location of the sample was recorded using GPS. Prior to analysis the samples were stored at -20 degrees Celsius at the University of St Andrews. Dry bulk density, soil texture, organic matter content and organic carbon data was produced 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.

Supplemental information

Correspondence/contact details

Austin, W.E.N.
University of St Andrews
 wena@st-andrews.ac.uk

Authors

Ruranska, P.
University of St Andrews
Ladd, C.J.T.
University of Glasgow
Smeaton, C.
University of St Andrews
Skov, M.W.
Bangor University
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
Environment
Keywords
Blue Carbon,  bulk density,  carbon,  Citizen Science,  C-SIDE,  England,  LOI,  loss on ignition organic carbon,  organic matter,  Saltmarsh,  Salt marsh,  Sediment,  Soil,  soil texture,  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 systems
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
WGS 84
Last updated
18 May 2022 12:21