Northern Circumpolar Soil Carbon Database, Circum-Arctic Region, shape-files

Hugelius, Gustaf; Bockheim, James G.; Camill, Philip; Elberling, Bo; Grosse, Guido; Harden, Jennifer W.; Johnson, Kristofer D.; Jorgenson, Torre M.; Koven, Charles D.; Kuhry, Peter; Michaelson, Gary J.; Mishra, Umakant; Palmtag, Juri; Ping, Chien-Lu; O’Donnell, Jonathan A.; Schirrmeister, Lutz; Schuur, Edward A.G.; Sheng, Yongwei; Smith, Laurence C.; Strauss, Jens; Yu, Zicheng

The Northern Circumpolar Soil Carbon Database version 2 (NCSCDv2) is a geospatial database created for the purpose of quantifying storage of organic carbon in soils of the northern circumpolar permafrost region down to a depth of 300 cm. The NCSCDv2 is based on polygons from different regional soils maps homogenized to the U.S. Soil Taxonomy. The NCSCDv2 contains information on fractions of coverage of different soil types (following U.S. Soil Taxonomy nomenclature) as well as estimated storage of soil organic carbon (kg/m2) between 0-30 cm, 0-100 cm, 100-200 cm and 200-300 cm depth. 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 sites with circumpolar coverage.

More information on database processing and properties can be found in the product guide.

The data is stored as ESRI shapefiles with associated attribute table databases. There are separate zipped data-folders with: (1) a merged circumpolar dataset in the Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area (LAEA) projection, (2) a merged circumpolar dataset geographic latitude/longitude coordinates (WGS84), (3) all regions in separate shape-files, in LAEA projection and (4) all regions in separate shape-files with geographic latitude/longitude coordinates (WGS84).


In order to use these data, you must cite this data set with the following citation:

Hugelius G, Bockheim JG, Camill, P, Elberling B, Grosse G, Harden JW, Johnson K, Jorgenson T, Koven C, Kuhry P, Michaelson G, Mishra U, Palmtag J, Ping C-L, O’Donnell J, Schirrmeister L, Schuur EAG, Sheng Y, Smith LC, Strauss J, Yu Z. (2013) A new dataset for estimating organic carbon storage to 3m depth in soils of the northern circumpolar permafrost region. Earth System Science Data, 5, 393–402, doi:10.5194/essd-5-393-2013.


Hugelius, Gustaf

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Additional Info

Field Value
Identifier doi:10.5879/ECDS/00000002
Project(s) NCSCD
Institute Stockholm University; Bert Bolin Centre for Climate Research
Publication Date 2013-12-23
Version 2.0
Product Soil Classification
  1. Circumpolar polygon-based database (geographic coordinates, WGS84)
  2. Circumpolar polygon-based database (projected coordinates, LAEA)
Variables [Units]
  1. SOCC_30CM: Soil Organic Carbon Content in 30 cm depth [kg C/m²]
  2. SOCC_100CM: Soil Organic Carbon Content in 100 cm depth [kg C/m²]
  3. SOCC_200CM: Soil Organic Carbon Content in 200 cm depth [kg C/m²]
  4. SOCC_300CM: Soil Organic Carbon Content in 300 cm depth [kg C/m²]
Region Circum-Arctic
Spatial Reference EPSG:4326 WGS 84 or ESRI:102017 North Pole Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area
Spatial Resolution
Spatial Coverage Latitude 22.83 to 90.00, Longitude 180.00 to -180.00
Temporal Coverage
Temporal Resolution
Format Shapefile
Is Supplement To
Related to

Dataset extent

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