Database structure

Database template

Original template: Template file (Variables with red column names are required)
Template instructions

Template with flux, incubation, and interstitial data: Template file (Variables with red column names are required)
Template information

Add data!

To contribute data to the soilcabon database, data files must pass a quality control step that ensures the file and it’s contents are compatible with the structure and vocabulary of the database (see Template file and instructions above for explanation).

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Current data

The current version of the publicly available Soil Radiocarbon Database includes data compiled through the efforts of two previous studies. If you access data from this repository, please cite the following references:

He, Y., Trumbore, S. E., Torn, M. S., Harden, J. W., Vaughn, L. J. S., Allison, S. D., & Randerson, J. T. Radiocarbon constraints imply reduced carbon uptake by soils during the 21st century. Science, 355(6306), 1419–1424.

Mathieu, J. A., Hatté, C., Balesdent, J., & Parent, É. (2015). Deep soil carbon dynamics are driven more by soil type than by climate: a worldwide meta-analysis of radiocarbon profiles. Global Change Biology, 21(11), 4278–4292.”

A detailed list of the data sources that are included can be found here: Datasets and doi numbers available and in progress

Making plots

Contribute to soilcarbon package

Instructions for making a pull request.

The Soil Carbon Database has been developed in collaboration between the U.S. Geological Survey Powell Center and the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry”

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