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Soil Solution

The ECN protocol for soil solution (SS)
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Terrestrial

Soil solution chemistry is likely to be affected by physical and chemical changes in the environment and itself to have important effects on ecosytem processes; for example, soil temperature and moisture status strongly influence the microbial activity in soil which controls nutrient release into the soil solution (Swift, Heal & Anderson 1979). In turn, soil solution nutrient status has a major influence on plant productivity and thus on animal productivity.

Replicated suction lysimeters at the base of a & b soil horizons are sampled every two-weeks and analysed fo 15 chemical variables.

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november

Our field activities

NOVEMBER

As we head towards winter, biological monitoring at terrestrial sites is scaled down, though we continue to record carabid beetles and spiders. At freshwater sites we make a limited set of measurements from November until February.

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Troutbeck in November. Photo © CEH