Tussock watershed thaw depth survey summary for 1990 to present, Arctic Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER), Toolik Research Station, Alaska.


Thaw depth was measured since 1990 using a steel probe in the Tussock watershed just south of Toolik Lake, Alaska, on a gentle slope dominated by moist, non-acidic tussock tundra. At least two surveys are conducted each summer, on 2 July and on 11 August (plus or minus 1 day).

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Kling, G. 2007. Tussock watershed thaw depth survey summary for 1990 to present, Arctic Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER), Toolik Research Station, Alaska. Environmental Data Initiative. http://dx.doi.org/10.6073/pasta/5ec809b760dd8cbc9e979941e29f70cc



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Monday, July 2, 1990 to Saturday, August 11, 2018

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Sampling Description:

Starting in 1990, thaw depth has been measured in a small watershed (Tussock watershed, TW) containing an intermittent stream just south of Toolik Lake.  Measurements are made at least twice during the summer season, and surveys are consistently made each year on 2 July and 11 August  (plus or minus 1 day).  The UTM grid (stakes are in a grid at every 100 meters) are used to locate the starting points, and a tape measure is used to mark points every 25 m in between the UTM stakes.  The  thaw sampling grid covers the gently sloping watershed of moist, non-acidic tussock tundra vegetation dominated by Eriophorum vaginatum.  At each of 96 sites on the grid a ruled stainless steel rod was inserted in non-tussock microhabitat (that is, not on top of a tussock but in the inter-tussock space between tussocks) until the frozen layer was reached, and the distance was measured to the top of the upper soil organic mat (beneath the uppermost moss layer if present).  Two measurement were made at each point from 1990-1999, and three measurements were made at each point from 2000 on.  Measurements are made at each site (point on the grid) within a 100 cm radius of each location point on the grid.   The measurements for all sites on the grid are averaged to arrive at a single number (plus error) for each date in each year.

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Entered metadata into new metadata form.
Version 3: LTERNET Data Access server proxy changed from das.lternet.edu to metacat.lternet.edu.
Version 4: Added LTERNET Data Access server proxy for Excel files.
1/26/2010 - JMK Added 2007-2009 data
Version 5: Update LTERNET Data Access server proxy link for Excel and comma delimited data files. Changed from knb to das in url. Feb 210 JimL
Version 6: Corrected the Methods since it was the Imnavait Creek method. Changed the Title… to present, Updated the form to the new version. Jim L 22Aug11
Version 9: Checked keywords against the LTER network preferred list and replaced non-preferred terms. Jim L 15Jan14
Version 10: Updated data from 1990 to 2018; updated Metadata. J. Dobkowski, G. Kling. 21-May-2019

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