Co-located ecological data for exploring top- and subsoil carbon dynamics across grassland-woodland contrasts

Reinsch, Sabine ORCID:; Lebron, Inma ORCID:; Brentegani, Michele ORCID:; Brooks, Milo; Busi, Susheel Bhanu; Cagnarini, Claudia; Cooper, David ORCID:; Day, John; Emmett, Bridget A. ORCID:; Fitos, Eleonora; Goodall, Tim; Griffiths, Robert ORCID:; Jones, Briony ORCID:; Keenan, Patrick; Keith, Aidan ORCID:; Lopes-Mazzetto, Josiane M. ORCID:; Mason, Kelly E.; Pallett, Denise; Pereira, Gloria M. ORCID:; Pinder, Adam; Robinson, David A. ORCID:; Smart, Simon M. ORCID:; Thomas, Amy ORCID:; Benham, Sue; Vanguelova, Elena; Cosby, Bernhard J. ORCID: 2024 Co-located ecological data for exploring top- and subsoil carbon dynamics across grassland-woodland contrasts. Scientific Data, 11, 478. 8, pp.

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Soil organic carbon (SOC) is a soil health indicator and understanding dynamics changing SOC stocks will help achieving net zero goals. Here we present four datasets featuring 11,750 data points covering co-located aboveground and below-ground metrics for exploring ecosystem SOC dynamics. Five sites across England with an established land use contrast, grassland and woodland next to each other, were rigorously sampled for aboveground (n = 109), surface (n = 33 soil water release curves), topsoil, and subsoil metrics. Commonly measured soil metrics were analysed in five soil increments for 0–1 metre (n = 4550). Less commonly measured soil metrics which were assumed to change across the soil profile were measured on a subset of samples only (n = 3762). Additionally, we developed a simple method for soil organic matter fractionation using density fractionation which is part of the less common metrics. Finally, soil metrics which may impact SOC dynamics, but with less confidence as to their importance across the soil profile were only measured on topsoil (~5–15 cm = mineral soil) and subsoil (below 50 cm) samples (n = 2567).

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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Pollution (Science Area 2017-)
Soils and Land Use (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 2052-4463
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NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Agriculture and Soil Science
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Date made live: 13 May 2024 10:56 +0 (UTC)

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