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SoDaH: the SOils DAta Harmonization database, an open-source synthesis of soil data from research networks, version 1.0

William R. Wieder1, Derek Pierson2, Stevan Earl3, Kate Lajtha2, Sara Baer4, Ford Ballantyne5, Asmeret Asefaw Berhe6, Sharon Billings7, Laurel M. Brigham8, Stephany S. Chacon2,9, Jennifer Fraterrigo10, Serita D. Frey11, Katerina Georgiou12, Marie-Anne de Graaff13, A. Stuart Grandy11, Melannie D. Hartman14, Sarah E. Hobbie15, Chris Johnson16, Jason Kaye17, Emily Kyker-Snowman11, Marcy E. Litvak18, Michelle C. Mack19, Avni Malhotra20, Jessica A. M. Moore21, Knute Nadelhoffer22, Craig Rasmussen23, Whendee L. Silver24, Benjamin N. Sulman25, Xanthe Walker19, and Samantha Weintraub26 William R. Wieder et al.
  • 1nstitute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado Boulder and the Climate Boulder, CO 80309, USA and Global Dynamics Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO 80307, USA.
  • 2Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis OR, USA
  • 3Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
  • 4Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Kansas Biological Survey, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA
  • 5Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, USA
  • 6Department of Life and Environmental Sciences; University of California, Merced; Merced, CA, USA
  • 7Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Kansas Biological Survey, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA
  • 8Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
  • 9Climate and Ecosystem Sciences, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, USA
  • 10Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA
  • 11Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, USA
  • 12Department of Earth System Science, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
  • 13Department of Biological Sciences, Boise State University, Boise, ID, USA
  • 14Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder CO, and Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO, USA
  • 15Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, USA
  • 16Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, USA
  • 17Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA
  • 18Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • 19Center for Ecosystem Science and Society and Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ USA
  • 20Department of Earth System Science, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
  • 21Bioscience Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA
  • 22Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • 23Department of Environmental Science, The University of Arizona, Tucson AZ, USA
  • 24Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
  • 25Climate Change Science Institute and Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 40 Oak Ridge, TN, USA
  • 26National Ecological Observatory Network, Battelle, Boulder, CO, USA

Abstract. Data collected from research networks present opportunities to test theories and develop models about factors responsible for the long-term persistence and vulnerability of soil organic matter (SOM). Synthesizing datasets collected by different research networks presents opportunities to expand the ecological gradients and scientific breadth of information available for inquiry. Synthesizing these data, are challenging, especially considering the legacy of soils data that has already been collected and an expansion of new network science initiatives. To facilitate this effort, here we present the SOils DAta Harmonization database (SoDaH; https://lter.github.io/som-website, last accessed 15 July 2020), a flexible database designed to harmonize diverse SOM datasets from multiple research networks. SoDaH is built on several network science efforts in the United States, but the tools built for SoDaH aim to provide an open-access resource to facilitate and automate further harmonization and synthesis of soil carbon data. Moreover, SoDaH allows for individual locations to contribute results from experimental manipulations, repeated measurements from long-term studies, and local- to regional-scale gradients across ecosystems or landscapes. Finally, we also provide data visualization and analysis tools that can be used to query and analyze the aggregated database. The SoDaH v1.0 dataset is archived and available at https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/9733f6b6d2ffd12bf126dc36a763e0b4 (Wieder et al., 2020).

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SOils DAta Harmonization database (SoDaH): an open-source synthesis of soil data from research networks ver 1. W. R. Wieder, D. Pierson, S. R. Earl, K. Lajtha, S. Baer, F. Ballantyne, A. A. Berhe, S. Billings, L. M. Brigham, S. S. Chacon, J. Fraterrigo, S. D. Frey, K. Georgiou, M. de Graaff, A. S. Grandy, M. D. Hartman, S. E. Hobbie, C. Johnson, J. Kaye, E. Snowman, M. E. Litvak, M. C. Mack, A. Malhotra, J. A. M. Moore, K. Nadelhoffer, C. Rasmussen, W. L. Silver, B. N. Sulman, X. Walker, and S. Weintraub https://doi.org/10.6073/pasta/9733f6b6d2ffd12bf126dc36a763e0b4

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Data collected from research networks present opportunities to test theories and develop models about factors responsible for the long-term persistence and vulnerability of soil organic matter (SOM). Here we present the SOils DAta Harmonization database (SoDaH), a flexible database designed to harmonize diverse SOM datasets from multiple research networks.
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