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Sourhope Field Experiment Site:   Baseline Data 1999/2000

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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
    Two datasets of soil pH are available. The first includes 3 sampling dates over a 1 year period (Mar 99 - Mar 00), and contains pH values for each experimental main-plot on the site, for samples taken from the centre of each plot to a depth of 10cm. The second dataset includes pH values by main-plot and sub-plot, for each of two replicates from adjacent cells from within each of the general sampling sub-plots, for a single sampling period (Mar 00). These samples were taken to a depth of 5cm.

  • Vegetation Biomass & Mineral Nutrient data
    On 5 occasions throughout each of the 1999 and 2000 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. In addition, mineral nutrient analysis was carried out for the July 1999 grass cuttings.

  • Vegetation Survey data
    In July 2000 a point quadrat vegetation survey of site was carried out. Summarised species abundance data for each of the experimental main-plots (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 and Word formats. If you are unable to read these formats 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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