Soil Health Data

These data were collected as part of the NSW Grazing Study. The estimate or score for 14 attributes (surface roughness, crust resistance, crust brokenness, crust stability, cryptogam cover %, erosion cover, deposited materials, plant foliage cover %, plant basal cover, litter cover %, litter depth, litter origin, litter incorporation, percentage of litter from groundstorey) to assess the status and morphology of the soil surface (Tongway 1995). Soil surface condition assessed in five small quadrats (0.5m x 0.5m), located at 0, 50, 100, 150, 200m along the site transect.

A sample of the top 5 cm of the soil was collected from the centre of the quadrat, air dried, ground and passed and passed through a 2 mm sieve to remove any roots or organic debris. This was used to assess soil total C and N in the uppermost layers using high intensity combustion (LECO CNS-2000; LECO Corporation, St. Joseph, MI, USA), available (Olsen) P (Colwell 1963), and particle size distribution (sand, silt and clay contents), using the hydrometer method (Bouyoucos 1962).

Data and Resources

Metadata Summary What is metadata?

Field Value
Metadata template type Non-geospatial
Asset Type Asset
Language English
Edition Original (raw data)
Purpose Decision support
Frequency of change Not planned
Field of Research (optional) biota
Metadata Date 2013-07-01
Date of Asset Creation 2013-07-01
License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
Geospatial Topic Environment
NSW Place Name Central West, Riverina and Western NSW

Dataset extent

Temporal Coverage From 2013-07-01 - 2014-04-30
Datum GDA94 Geographic (Lat\Long)
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Attribution Department of Planning and Environment asserts the right to be attributed as author of the original material in the following manner: "© State Government of NSW and Department of Planning and Environment 2022"
DOI doi:10.25948/60a1ca1c706d8
DOI Creator name James Val
DOI Resource Type Soil Health
DOI Resource Type General Description Dataset