Thomas, A.R.C.; Cosby, B.J.; Henrys, P.A.; Emmett, B.A.

Topsoil nitrogen concentration estimates from the Countryside Survey of Great Britain, 2007 using a generalized additive model

This dataset presents modelled estimates of soil nitrogen concentration (% dry weight soil) at 1km2 resolution across Great Britain. A Generalized Additive Model approach was used with Countryside Survey soil nitrogen data from 2007 and including climate, atmospheric deposition, habitat, soil and spatial predictors. The model is based on soil nitrogen data from 913 locations across Great Britain and is representative of 0-15 cm soil depth. Soil N concentration was determined using a total elemental analyser. The Countryside Survey looks at a range of physical, chemical and biological properties of the topsoil from a representative sample of habitats across the UK.

This work was supported by the Natural Environment Research Council award number NE/R016429/1 as part of the UK-SCAPE programme delivering National Capability.

Publication date: 2020-11-25


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

Provenance & quality

The data used to model soil nitrogen concentration are taken from the Countryside Survey. The technical reports by Emmett et al. (2010) present full methodological details for the Countryside Survey soil sampling and analytical processes, and can be found at:

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Pete Henrys
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Lancaster Environment Centre, Library Avenue, Bailrigg


Thomas, A.R.C.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Cosby, B.J.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Henrys, P.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Emmett, B.A.
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Rights Holder
UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Geoscientific Information
Broad Habitat,  Climate,  Countryside Survey,  Countryside Survey Deposition,  Nitrogen,  Parent Material Model,  Soil Soil Soil health UK-SCAPE
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/R016429/1
Spatial representation type
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
18 May 2022 12:37