Data Documentation

This page provides summary reports describing the types and origins of the data available in the International Soil Carbon Network database.​

Data Documentation for the Generation 3 Database (12/2015)

  • DOI for the Generation 3 Database (web link)- This DOI, issued in 2017, has now been incorporated into the citation guidelines contained in the ISCN Data Policy.
  • Database Summary Statistics for datasets in the SOC database reports (Excel format, download only)- Organized by dataset, showing contributor and contact information and summary counts of the number of sites, profiles, and layers in each.
  • Database Summary Statistics for all datasets (Excel format, download only)- Organized by dataset, showing contributor and contact information and summary counts of the number of sites, profiles, and layers in each.
  • Citations for datasets in the SOC database reports (Excel format, download only)- Citations, acknowledgments, helpful references, and contributor information for each SOC dataset.
  • Citations for all datasets (Excel format, download only​)- Citations, acknowledgments, helpful references, and contributor information for each SOC dataset.​

Data Documentation for the Generation 2 Database (2012)

  • Database Summary Statistics (Excel 2003 download)- distribution of sites, profiles, an​d layers in the database; list of contributors with number of sites visited by each. Also contains statistics on the distribution of profiles among the various “quality” classes that represent our first version of quality assessment.
    • Alaska Database Summary Statistics (Excel 2003 download)- distribution of Alaska sites, profiles, and layers in the database; list of contributors with number of sites visited by each. This report contains data for the Alaska Deep Soil Carbon Project, prototype for the ISCN database.
  • Site and Profile Information (14 MB Excel 2003 download)- geographic data, soil taxonomy and series, and contributor information for the profiles in the database.
    • Alaska Site and Profile Information (1 MB Excel 2003 download)- geographic data, soil taxonomy and series, and contributor information for the profiles in the database. Specific to the Alaska Deep Soil Carbon Project dataset.
  • Carbon Data Availability (6 MB Excel 2003 download)- a tally of the profiles in the database showing the number of layers in each that have %C, bulk density, and SOC values.
  • Soil Chemical and Physical Data Availability (6 MB Excel 2003 download)- a tally of the profiles in the database indicating the number of layers in each that have %N, C&N isotopes, pH, coarse fragment and particle size distribution data.
  • Soil Ecological and Geographic Data Availability (5 MB Excel 2003 download)- a tally of the profiles in the database indicating the number of layers in each with slope, aspect, land cover, and climate data.