Soil respiration reporting format instructions
A data package containing soil respiration data must include, at a minimum:
- 1.Assemble the data table by downloading and filling in the data template. These serve as a guide for how the table should be structured. See our data format guide for descriptions and instructions for each data field.
- 2.Assemble the metadata table by downloading and filling in the chamber-level metadata template. See our chamber-level metadata format guide for descriptions and instructions for each field.
- 3.Ensure that all required data types are included for each table (see required data tables below) and save each file as a
Required Data Variables
Required Metadata Variables
Defined variables should be used where available. For variables not yet covered by this reporting format documentation, data contributors should use machine readable variable names that are in common use and follow ESS-DIVE data dictionary format guidelines as described here.
Inclusion of additional related datasets with soil respiration data is encouraged. This can include measurements made inline, such as soil moisture or temperature, or subsequent analysis of chemical composition or physical properties. Related data should be linked by using common sample identifiers.
We will continue to work with the ESS community to improve data and metadata reporting formats for soil respiration data. Please contribute by submitting issues, using our issue templates, or contact [email protected] to provide any feedback on the process of formatting data or specific metadata fields.