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Soil Organic Carbon Distributions in Tidal Wetlands of the Northeastern USA

This dataset provides estimates of soil organic carbon (SOC) in tidal wetlands for the northeastern United States. The data cover the period 1998-2018. Northeastern U.S. tidal wetlands and bordering areas were harmonized from government agencies [U.S. Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), National Cooperative Soil Survey (NCSS), USDA-NRCS - Rapid Carbon Assessment (RaCA), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - National Wetland Condition and Assessment (EPA-NWCA)] and published studies. Point data for carbon stocks (in kg m-2) at four soil depths (0-5, 0-30, 0-100, and 0-200 cm) are included. SOC for the four depths was predicted for eight regional zones using regression models driven by environmental covariates. Two methods were used to estimate parameters for these models, a Random Forest (RF) Ranger method and a Quantile Regression Forest (QRF) model. The distribution of SOC was predicted for tidal wetland cover types mapped by Correll et al. (2019). Predictions and uncertainties are available at a 3 m resolution.

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