Soil Depth Statistics for the Hubbard Brook Valley, 1995 - 1998 Survey Data
Soil Depth Statistics for the Hubbard Brook Valley, 1995 - 1998 Survey Data
John J. Battles
University of California, Berkeley
Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
137 Mulford Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-3114
Tim Fahey
Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University
104A Bruckner Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Thomas G. Siccama
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Paul Schwarz
Suzanne Wapner
The valley-wide plots are a grid of 431 sites along fifteen N–S transects established at 500-m intervals spanning the entire Hubbard Brook Valley. Multiple above- and below- ground attributes were measured between 1995 and 1998. This dataset includes soil depth data; tree inventory, additional soil data and other measurements are presented in separate datasets.
KEYWORD SET: Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study LTER
forests, HBEF Valleywide Plots, HBR, Hubbard Brook LTER, schwarz, soil, statistics, watersheds.
KEYWORD SET: LTER Core Research Areas
primary production.
The valley-wide plots are a grid of 431 sites along fifteen N–S transects established at 500-m intervals spanning the entire Hubbard Brook Valley.
West bounding coordinate: -71.80620
East bounding coordinate: -71.70220
North bounding coordinate: 43.9590
South bounding coordinate: 43.9140
This dataset contains soil depth summary statistics of the 431 valley-wide plots that Paul Schwarz and others established between 1995-1998. Other soils data (soil chemistry, exchangeable cations, and texture) and tree data (species, condition, and for some tree ring increment measures and tree height) were taken on these plots and are presented in separate datasets.
Twenty-five soil depth measurements (cm) were taken at 1m intervals across the E-W diameter of each plot including the center point. If the sample size for a plot is less than 25 it is because one or more sample points fell on a rock, log, or streambed.
A map of the plot locations can be viewed here:
  • Schwarz, P.A. 2001. Spatial patterns of abundance of northern hardwood-conifer tree species in a forested valley in the White Mountains, New Hampshire, USA. PhD Disseration, Cornell University.
  • Schwarz, P.A., Fahey, T.J., Martin, C.W., Siccama, T.G., and Bailey, A.S. 2001. Structure and composition of three northern hardwood-conifer forests with differing disturbance histories. Forest Ecology and Management 144:201-212.
  • Schwarz, P.A., Fahey, T.J., and McCulloch, C.E. 2003. Factors controlling spatial variation of tree species abundance in a forested landscape. Ecology 84(7):1862-1878.
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Data file: valley_soil_depths
Description: Soil Depth Statistics for the Hubbard Brook Valley
ColumnVariableDescriptionUnitsCoded?Missing value label
1PLOTPlot ID numbernoneynone
2UTM_EASTINGUTM Easting of plot locationmeternnone
3UTM_NORTHINGUTM Northing of plot locationmeternnone
4NNumber of soil depth samples per plotnoneynone
5MEANMean soil depthcentimeternnone
6VARIANCEVariance of soil depthcentimeternnone
7SDStandard deviation of soil depthcentimeternnone
8CVCoefficient of variation of soil depthpercentnnone
9MEDIANMedian soil depthcentimeternnone
10MINMinimum soil depthcentimeternnone
11MAXMaximum soil depthcentimeternnone
12RANGERange of soil depthcentimeternnone
13SKEWNESSSkewness of soil depthpercentnnone
14SEStandard error of soil depthcentimeternnone


Variable: PLOT
Plot number
Variable: N
Number of soil depth samples per plot