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.

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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.