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Sourhope Field Experiment Site:   Baseline Data Collections 2001/2002

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There are currently two categories of data available within this section, Soil pH and Vegetation Biomass, as outlined below. The raw data as well as information about sampling and methods are held in a series of files which are available to download.

  • Soil pH data
    This collection comprises three datasets of soil pH are available. The first includes 2 sampling dates in March and October (2001) and contains pH values for each experimental main-plot on the site, for samples taken from the centre of each plot. The second dataset includes pH values by main-plot for a single sampling period (Mar 02). The third dataset includes pH values by main-plot and sub-plot for a single sampling period (Jul 02). The samples were taken to a depth of 5cm.

  • Vegetation Biomass
    On 5 occasions throughout each of the 2001 and 2002 growing season, grass cuttings were collected from a 50 x 50 cm cell area from each of the 4 main sub-plots within each of the experimental main-plots, and biomass values calculated.

  • Point Analysis Survey Data (2001/2002)
    In the Summer of 2001 and 2002 a point analysis botanical survey of site was carried out. 25 pins were inserted through a pin frame above the same cell in each of sub-plots S, T, U & V for every plot. Summarised species abundance data for each of the experimental subplots (excluding C2s) are available.

If you wish to view or download any of the data outlined above please provide the following information, note the conditions of use, and click the button. This will take you to a new page with options for downloading the available files. Note, the files are provided in MS Excel format.  If you are unable to read this format please contact the SoilBio data team at CEH Lancaster (programme members only).

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Conditions of Use

  • Datasets developed under the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Soil Biodiversity Programme are proprietary products of their originators (names given with the dataset) and are thus protected by Copyright law. The originators reserve all rights of ownership and copyright in these data. 

  • Users may not i) transfer, assign, rent, lease, sell, give or otherwise dispose of these data, ii) release a Product or Tradeable commodity based in whole or in part on data supplied by the NERC Soil Biodiversity Programme, unless prior written agreement has been obtained, and any royalties due have been paid, iii) reproduce any digital or numerical data other than for back-up purposes.

  • Users are required to acknowledge the originators of the data and the NERC Soil Biodiversity Programme in all reference or publications which involve the use of these data, and to offer the relevant Principal Investigator co-authorship of any such publications. NERC and the dataset originator will have the right to accept this offer, allow the user to publish in his/her own right, or refuse permission to publish if in its judgement the publication poses a threat to the data, to NERC or to the data originator. Copies of, or a reference to, any publications which refer to these data should be sent to the Soil Biodiversity Programme Manager.

  • Although these data are subject to quality assurance procedures, NERC is not able to warrant the accuracy of any data supplied to the user, and have no responsibility for determining the fitness of the data for their intended use by the customer. The provision of such data carries no liability for its accuracy or reliability and the NERC Soil Biodiversity Programme cannot be held accountable for any loss, damage, injury or any other occurrence arising from the use of these data.

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