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Soil survey input to ECN (follow on CC0403) - CC0402

Description
The Environmental Change Network (ECN) is a multi-agency programme managed by NERC which involves the establishment and monitoring of a series of lowland agricultural sites throughout the UK to record, analyse and predict long-term environmental change and its likely consequences. This study will aim to provide baseline quantitative data on the properties and distribution of soils at ECN sites in England and Wales. The spatial distribution of soils will be identified and mapped at sites lacking this information. Soils at all sites will be sampled in a uniform and regular manner according to an agreed protocol, and analysed for a range of parameters as set out in protocols. Results will provide baseline information about the soils of the ECN sites against which both intrinsic changes in the soils and any effects on vegetation and fauna can be monitored; this may lead to changing concepts of the effects of pollution on the environment. In order to demonstrate any long term differences or trends as a result of environmental changes, it is proposed that all ECN sites will require monitoring at 5 and 20 year intervals as set out in protocols.
Objective
To identify and map the spatial distribution of the soils at each ECN site. To sample the soils at each site in a uniform and regular manner according to an agreed protocol. To prepare and analyse the soil samples collected at each site for the parameters as set out in the agreed protocols. To make the data available through the co-ordinating body of NERC as a basis for monitoring the effects of environmental changes in soils. Alice Holt site: To identify and map the spatial distribution of the soils at the site. To sample the soils in a uniform and regular manner according to an agreed protocol. To prepare and analyse the soil samples collected for the parameters set out in the agreed protocols. To make the data available through the co-ordinating body NERC as a basis for monitoring the effects of environmental changes in soils. Rothamsted: To sample the soils from classic experimental sites at locations and using methods oulined by Rothamsted staff but following sampling protocols where possible. Porton Down site: To identify and map the spatial distribution of the soils at the site. To sample the soils in a uniform and regular manner according to an agreed protocol. To prepare and analyse the soil samples collected for the parametres as set out in the agreed protocols. To make the data available through the co-ordinating body NERC as a basis for monitoring the effects of environmental changes in soils. Drayton North Wyke Wytham Moor House Alice Holt sites: To sample all sites as part of a regular 5 year cycle set out in the protocol. To prepare and analyse the samples and make the data available through the co-ordinating body NERC. Porton Down site: To sample the site as part of a regular 5 year cycle set out in the protocol. To prepare and analyse the samples and make the data available through the co-ordinating body NERC.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1992

To: 1995

Cost: £124,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Soil Survey and Land Research Centre
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Fields of Study
Environmental Stewardship
Agriculture and Climate Change