Northern Circumpolar Soil Carbon Database


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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Bolin Centre for Climate Research


The Northern Circumpolar Soil Carbon Database (NCSCD) is a geospatial database created for the purpose of quantifying storage of organic carbon in soils of the northern circumpolar permafrost region.

The spatial base of the NCSCD is a polygon database describing soils in the northern circumpolar permafrost regions. The database was compiled by combining and homogenizing several regional/national soil maps. To calculate storage of soil organic carbon, these soil maps have been linked to field-data on soil organic carbon storage from a total of 1,647 sites from around the circumpolar permafrost region.

The NCSCD contains information on fractions of coverage of different soil types (following U.S. Soil Taxonomy nomenclature) as well as storage of soil organic carbon (kg/m2) between 0-30 cm and 0-100 cm depth. The NCSCD is available either as a polygon-based database (which is the original format) or converted to gridded data. Gridded data products are available in different spatial grid resolutions and in formats adapted for use in desktop GIS-applications and model applications.

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Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

Stockholm University

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Stockholm University
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Hugelius, G., Tarnocai, C., Broll, G., Canadell, J. G., Kuhry, P., and Swanson, D. K.: The Northern Circumpolar Soil Carbon Database: spatially distributed datasets of soil coverage and soil carbon storage in the northern permafrost regions, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 5, 3-13,, 2013.
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Archived data from Northern Circumpolar Soil Carbon Database version 1, 2019-05-26.

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Bolin Centre for Climate Research. Stockholm University (2018). <em>Archived data from Northern Circumpolar Soil Carbon Database</em>. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. <a href=""></a>

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Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Bolin Centre for Climate Research

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Published: 2018-06-25
Last updated: 2019-06-11