Biogeochemistry data set for soil waters, streams, and lakes near Toolik on the North Slope of Alaska, 2011.


Data file describing the biogeochemistry of samples collected at various sites near Toolik Lake, North Slope of Alaska. Sample site descriptors include a unique assigned number (sortchem), site, date, time, depth, distance (downstream), elevation, treatment, date-time, category, and water type (lake, surface, soil). Physical measures collected in the field include temperature (water, soil, well water), conductivity, pH, average thaw depth, well height, discharge, stage height, and light (lakes). Chemical analysis for the sample include alkalinity; dissolved inorganic and organic carbon (DIC and DOC); inorganic and total dissolved nutrients (NH4, PO4, NO3, TDN, TDP); particulate carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus (PC, PN, and PP); cations (Ca, Mg, Na, K, and Si); anions (SO4 and Cl); and oxygen.

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Kling, G. 2013. Biogeochemistry data set for soil waters, streams, and lakes near Toolik on the North Slope of Alaska, 2011. Environmental Data Initiative.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011 to Tuesday, August 16, 2011

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For water sampling protocols see the Arctic LTER Land-Water group protocol book accessible from the Land-Water mainpage on the Arctic LTER web page or at and clicking on the protocol link at the bottom of the page. Specific methodologies are described in the protocol book listed above and a general description is provided below.

General analyses: In general water samples from soils, streams, and lakes are filtered in the field and kept cold and dark or preserved until analysis. Dissolved inorganic nutrients (NH4 and PO4) were analyzed by wet chemistry techniques at Toolik Field Station usually within 24 hours of sampling. Prior to 1999, the phenate method was used to analyze the ammonium content. In the years 1999-2001, a comparison study of the OPA method and the phenate method were performed. Starting in 2001, OPA was used to analyze ammonium content. Gas samples were analyzed at Toolik Field Station. DIC samples were acidified in the field and analyzed on a gas chromatograph at Toolik Field Station. DOC, TDN, TDP, particulate C, N, and P, and dissolved ions were brought back to the University of Michigan for analysis. DOC is analyzed on a Shimadzu TOC-5000. Particulate Carbon and Nitrogen on a Perkin Elmer CHN 2400, TDN is analyzed on a Shimadzu TOC-5000 or using a persulfate digestion. TDP and NO3 are analyzed on an OI Alpkem autoanalyzer, ions on a Dionex ion chromatograph, and cations on an inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer (ICP-OESPerkin Elmer Optima 4300 or 8000). Alkalinity samples were run on a Radiometer autotitrator either at Toolik Field Station or at the University of Michigan.

For all analyses, sample values that were less than zero were assigned a value of zero. See specific protocols for limits of detection. Missing values (not sampled or analyzed) are represented by a period " . " in the dataset.

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Version Changes: 

Version 1 (.01): file created May 2013
Version 2: Checked keywords against the LTER network preferred list and replaced non-preferred terms. Jim L 15Jan14
Version 3: Updated values for Chla_ugL, Phaeopigment_ugL, and Chla_RAW_ugL. JAD 4Feb2014
Version 4: Changed Distrubution URL since the LTER network DAS system is being discontinued. JimL 9Apr2015

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