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ORNL DAAC Data Set A Global Database of Soil Respiration Data, Version 1.0

A Global Database of Soil Respiration Data, Version 1.0
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The ORNL DAAC compiles, archives, and distributes data on the physical and chemical properties of soils. The data are gridded at spatial scales ranging from regional to global.

Data Set: A Global Database of Soil Respiration Data, Version 1.0

Data Set: A Global Database of Soil Respiration Data, Version 1.0
This data set provides a soil respiration data database (SRDB), a near-universal compendium of published soil respiration (RS) data. Soil respiration, the flux of autotropically- and heterotrophically-generated CO2 from the soil to the atmosphere remains the least well-constrained component of the terrestrial C cycle. The database encompasses all published studies that report one of the following data measured in the field (not laboratory): annual RS, mean seasonal RS, a seasonal or annual partitioning of RS into its sources fluxes, RS temperature response (Q10), or RS at 10 degrees C. Its orientation is thus to seasonal and annual fluxes, not shorter-term or chamber-specific measurements. Data from 818 studies have been entered into the database, constituting 3379 records. The data span the measurement years 1961-2007 and are dominated by temperate, well-drained forests. The database includes a file of RS data and a linked file of study bibliographic data. Both files are in comma-separated format.

Detailed Documentation: Data Set Reference Document

Companion Files:

  • srdb.kmz
  • SRDB.pdf


Bond-Lamberty, B.P. and A.M. Thomson. 2010. A Global Database of Soil Respiration Data, Version 1.0. Data set. Available on-line [] from Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.A. doi:10.3334/ORNLDAAC/984


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All Data Taken At Latitude: 78.00N To 78.02S, Longitude: 175.50E To 159.62W

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