CWT-LTER Data Set Summary

Accession: 4085 CWT Research Theme: Soil Analysis
Contributors: Paul Bolstad, Jason Love, Brian Herndon
Title: Soil bulk density at 29 soil moisture monitoring plots in the southern Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina
Abstract: Soil was collected for bulk density. Soil was taken from three plots in the Beetree watershed, three plots in Bent Creek Experimental Forest, and twenty-three plots in the Coweeta basin. The plots comprise a network of sensor stations that monitor soil moisture, soil temperature, and air temperature in the Southern Appalachians of western North Carolina.
Key Words: bulk density, dry weight, organic content, soil, soil moisture, soil organic matter
LTER Core Area: Movement of Inorganic Matter, Movement of Organic Matter
CWT Themes: Soil Analysis, Ecohydrology, Organic Matter/Decomposition, Soil Moisture
Study Type: Regional Interactions Effort
Study Period: 17-Nov-2015 to 31-May-2017
Site References:
WS2 -- Watershed 2, Macon County, North Carolina, USA
WS5 -- Watershed 5, Macon County, North Carolina, USA
WS7 -- Watershed 7, Macon County, North Carolina, USA
WS14 -- Watershed 14, Macon County, North Carolina, USA
WS18 -- Watershed 18, North Carolina, USA
WS27 -- Watershed 27, North Carolina, USA
WS32 -- Watershed 32, Macon County, North Carolina, USA
WS36 -- Watershed 36, Macon County, North Carolina, USA
CWTBASIN -- Coweeta Basin, Macon County, North Carolina, USA
BUNCOMBE -- Buncombe County, NC, North Carolina, USA
FRENCHBRO -- French Broad River Basin, North Carolina & Tennessee, USA
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Data Table: 4085 (Soil bulk density at 29 soil moisture monitoring plots, 56)

Access: CWT Members only (public release on 31-Dec-2019)

Metadata: Text (ESA FLED), Basic EML, Complete EML

Data Formats: Spreadsheet CSV Text Format, EML-described Text Format, Tab-delimited Text Report with Statistical Summary, GCE Data Toolbox Format, Standard MATLAB Variables Format

Column List:

Column Name Units Type Description (hide)
1 Watershed none alphanumeric string Name of watershed where samples were collected
2 Plot none alphanumeric string Plot ID
3 Date mm/yy alphanumeric string Month of collection
4 Soil_Depth none alphanumeric string Depth range of soil sample collected in cm
5 Number_Samples none alphanumeric string Number of subsamples collected
6 Total_Soil_Mass g floating-point Total air dried mass of soil
7 Soil_Mass_LT_6mm g floating-point Total air dried mass of particles <6 mm
8 Soil_Mass_LT_2mm g floating-point Total air dried mass of particles <2 mm
9 Organic_Soil_Mass g floating-point Total air dried mass of organic material in sample
10 Soil_Core_Volume cm^3 floating-point Volume of core
11 Soil_Mass_by_Sample_Num g floating-point Total mass of sample divided by number of samples
12 LT_6mm_Soil_Mass_by_Sample_Num g floating-point < 6mm mass / n
13 LT_2mm_Soil_Mass_by_Sample_Num g floating-point < 2mm mass / n
14 Organic_Mass_By_Sample_Num g floating-point organic soil mass / n
15 Total_Bulk_Density g/cm3 floating-point total soil mass per sample / core volume
16 Soil_Density_LT_6mm g/cm3 floating-point < 6mm soil mass per sample / core volume
17 Soil_Density_LT_2mm g/cm3 floating-point < 2mm soil mass per sample / core volume
18 Organic_Density g/cm3 floating-point < Organic mass per sample / core volume
19 Comments none alphanumeric string Comments regarding samples