Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
SOIL, 7, 661–675, 2021
SOIL, 7, 661–675, 2021

Original research article 11 Oct 2021

Original research article | 11 Oct 2021

The effects of sealing on urban soil carbon and nutrients

Roisin O'Riordan et al.


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on soil-2021-18', Anonymous Referee #1, 07 May 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Roisin O'Riordan, 20 Jul 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on soil-2021-18', Anonymous Referee #2, 29 May 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Roisin O'Riordan, 20 Jul 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (30 Jul 2021) by Jerzy Weber
AR by Roisin O'Riordan on behalf of the Authors (09 Aug 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (19 Aug 2021) by Jerzy Weber
ED: Publish as is (11 Sep 2021) by Kristof Van Oost(Executive Editor)
Short summary
As urban populations grow, soil sealing with impermeable surfaces will increase. At present there is limited knowledge on the effect of sealing on soil carbon and nutrients. We found that, in general, sealing reduced soil carbon and nutrients; however, where there were additions due to human activity, soil carbon and nutrients were increased. This suggests that there is a legacy soil carbon store in areas with an industrial past and highlights the influence of artefacts in urban soil.