New Zealand Antarctic Soils Database

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Entry ID

GGD25

Summary

This data set includes the New Zealand National soils database, a comprehensive collection of data relating to Antarctic soils, permafrost, and frozen ground conditions. Data are from about 800 sites over the length of the Transantarctic Mountains to the Ellsworth Mountains, and have been gathered since about 1960. Most data are concentrated in the McMurdo Dry Valley system. The database includes generalized and detailed investigations, although the data available for individual sites varies according to reasons for sampling. Some sites have long-term measurements (1 week to more than 3 years).

Nearly all sites have basic site and soil description observations, but the analytical data vary and have not been completed for some sites. Data include site number, reason sampled, date recorded, photo record, authors, latitude/longitude, locality, site description, altitude, aspect, slope, geological description, soil material, estimated mean annual temperature (MAT), soil temperature, climate zone, soil moisture status, biological record, patterned ground, surface weathering, previous disturbance, sample availability, soil description, soil weathering stage, frozen ground depth, frozen ground type, clay mineralogy, soil chemistry and salt content, soil particle size, trace elements and heavy metals, active layer and permafrost water content. Later sites have more physical data with a focus on permafrost properties.

Plans are presently underway to add photographic images that will include landscape and soil profile images for most of the sites recorded in the database.

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: -72.25°     S: -85.5°     E: 156°     W: 83°    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Iain Campbell and Graeme Claridge
Dataset Title: New Zealand Antarctic Soils Database
Dataset Release Date: 2003-05-14
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/ggd25.html

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 1960-01-01

Location Keywords

  • CONTINENT ANTARCTICA DRY VALLEYS, MCMURDO
  • GEOGRAPHIC REGION SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE ANTARTCICA

Science Keywords

  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Active Layer
  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Permafrost
  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Seasonally Frozen Ground
  • Cryosphere Frozen Ground Soil Temperature
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Active Layer
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Permafrost
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Seasonally Frozen Ground
  • Land Surface Frozen Ground Soil Temperature
  • Land Surface Soils

Ancillary Keywords

  • Active Layer
  • Biological
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental
  • Geology
  • Mapping
  • Permafrost
  • Soil Properties
  • Thermal Properties
  • Topographic Survey

ISO Topic Category (View Definitions)

  • Climatology/Meteorology/Atmosphere

Platform

  • GROUND-BASED OBSERVATIONS
  • GROUND STATIONS

Data Center

Frozen Ground Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/fgdc/

Data Center Personnel

Name: FGDC User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Distribution

Distribution Format: Paper

Personnel

I.B. Campbell
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 64-03-5473329
Fax: 64-03-5473329
Email: iaincampbell@xtra.co.nz
Contact Address:

  • Land and Soil Consultancy Services
  • 23 View Mount

City: Nelson
Postal Code: 7001
Country: New Zealand

Graeme Claridge
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Email: graeme.claridge@xtra.co.nz
Contact Address:

  • Land & Soil Consultancy Services
  • 23 View Mount

City: Nelson
Province or State: Nelson
Postal Code: 7001
Country: New Zealand

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 2003-05-14
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-09-18

Metadata Views

DIF Text-Only

Directory Interchange Format (DIF) in plain text

DIF XML

Directory Interchange Format (DIF) in Extensible Markup Language (XML)

FGDC HTML

U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM)

ISO HTML

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 19115:2003 Geographic Information Metadata

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