Physical and biogeochemical measurements of belowground biomass and carbon content from Scottish saltmarshes 2021



The dataset comprises of physical and biogeochemical measurements of belowground (root) biomass from across four Scottish saltmarshes. Sites were chosen to represent contrasting habitats types in Scotland, in particular sediment types, vegetation and sea level history. The data provide a quantitative measure of belowground (root) biomass, organic carbon content and belowground (root) carbon. Samples were collected using a wide gauge gouge corer. The samples were processed to determine belowground (root) biomass, the organic carbon was quantified through elemental analysis and these two data sets were combined to calculate the belowground (root) carbon content. The data were collected to help create a detailed picture of saltmarsh carbon storage in surficial soils across Scotland.

The work was carried out under the NERC programme - Carbon Storage in Intertidal Environment (C-SIDE), NERC grant reference NE/R010846/1
Date made available22 Jan 2022
PublisherNERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Temporal coverage1 Mar 2021 - 31 May 2021
Date of data production1 Mar 2021 - 31 May 2021
Geographical coverageScotland


  • saltmarsh
  • belowground
  • roots
  • Scotland
  • carbon
  • organic matter
  • wetland
  • organic carbon
  • United Kingdom
  • Sediment
  • soil

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