Physical and geochemical properties of saltmarsh soils from narrow diameter gouge cores in UK saltmarshes collected between 2018 and 2021

  • Craig Smeaton (Creator)
  • Cai Ladd (Creator)
  • Glenn Havelock (Creator)
  • Lucy Miller (Creator)
  • Ed Garrett (Creator)
  • William Hiles (Creator)
  • Lucy McMahon (Creator)
  • Robert Mills (Creator)
  • Alan Radbourne (Creator)
  • Luis Rees-Hughes (Creator)
  • Simone Riegel (Creator)
  • Natasha Barlow (Creator)
  • Martin Skov (Creator)
  • Roland Gehrels (Creator)
  • William (Bill) Austin (Creator)



he dataset comprises of physical and biogeochemical measurements of saltmarsh soils from across 22 UK saltmarshes. Between 2018 and 2021, 462 narrow diameter gouge cores (30 mm in diameter) were collected as part of the Carbon Storage in Intertidal Environments (C-SIDE) project to facilitate the calculation of saltmarsh soil organic carbon stocks. Sites were chosen to represent contrasting habitats types in the UK, in particular sediment types, vegetation and sea level history. The data provides a quantitative measure of soil dry bulk density and organic carbon content across varies substrate and marsh types.

The work was carried out under the NERC programme - Carbon Storage in Intertidal Environment (C-SIDE), NERC grant reference NE/R010846/1.
Date made available1 Jul 2022
PublisherNERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Temporal coverage1 Nov 2018 - 31 Dec 2020
Date of data production1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2020
Geographical coverageUnited Kingdom


  • blue carbon
  • carbon
  • coastal
  • cores
  • C-SIDE
  • dry bulk density
  • England
  • Intertidal
  • organic carbon
  • organic matter
  • saltmarsh
  • salt marsh
  • Scotland
  • sediment
  • soil
  • substrate
  • United Kingdom
  • Wales
  • Wetland

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