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Tidal wetland soil carbon stocks for the conterminous United States, 2006-2010

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Joseph M. Smoak

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This dataset provides modeled estimates of soil carbon stocks for tidal wetland areas of the Conterminous United States (CONUS) for the period 2006-2010. Wetland areas were determined using both 2006-2010 Coastal Change Analysis Program (C-CAP) raster maps and the National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) vector data. All 30 x 30-meter C-CAP pixels were extracted that are coded as estuarine emergent, scrub/shrub, or forested in either 2006 or 2010. A soil database for model fitting and validation was compiled from 49 different studies with spatially explicit empirical depth profile data and associated metadata, totaling 1,959 soil cores from 18 of the 22 coastal states. Reported estimates of carbon stocks were derived with modeling approaches that included (1) applying a single average carbon stock value from the compiled soil core data, (2) applying models fit using the empirical data and applied spatially using soil, vegetation and salinity maps, (3) relying on independently generated soil carbon maps from The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Soil Survey Geographic Database (SSURGO), and the NWI that intersected with mapped tidal wetlands, and (4) using a version of SSURGO bias-corrected for bulk density. Comparisons of uncertainty, precision, and accuracy among these four approaches are also provided.


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