Kuparuk River Whole Stream Metabolism Arctic LTER, Toolik Field Station Alaska 2012-2017


The Kuparuk River has been the central research location on the impact of added phosphorus to arctic streams. Additions of phosphorus occred since 1983. Today, 4 specific reaches show certain characteristics based on the years that they recieved fertilization. Whole Stream Metabolism is a way to quantify primary production of this stream system. Calculations were done using dissolved oxygen, discharge, stage, light and temperature measured by sondes and other equipment strategically deployed in the field at locations to quantify each of the unique stream reaches.

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Bowden, W. 2019. Kuparuk River Whole Stream Metabolism Arctic LTER, Toolik Field Station Alaska 2012-2017 Environmental Data Initiative. http://dx.doi.org/10.6073/pasta/cd383e684fb53d1b1d36712720b31c32

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Sunday, June 17, 2012 to Saturday, September 21, 2019

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Dissolved Oxygen, Conductivity, and Temperature values were recorded in the field with 600 OMS YSI Sondes. Data was loaded and sondes were recalibrated every one or two weeks. Dissolved Oxygen value calibrations were tracked and corrected at the end of the season.

Data was organized and run by a program created in RStudio.

DO values were adjusted based on expected DO concentrations and checks with a Pro ODO.

Methods follow typical methods in whole stream metabolism. Bott, T. L. Primary Productivity and Community Respiration. Chapter 28 in SR Hauer GA Lamberti (Eds.), Methods in Stream Ecology, 2nd edition. Academic Press, Boston.

Arctic LTER Streams Protocol, updated 2019.


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Organized and Prepared by J. Benes: June 2014
Updated with 2014 and 2015 data: February 2016
Correct error in the 2014 and 2015 data J. Benes May 2016
Version 5: April 2019: Updated through 2017 by F. Iannucci

Sites sampled.

Full Metadata and data files (either comma delimited (csv) or Excel) - Environmental Data Initiative repository.

Use of the data requires acceptance of the data use policy --> Arctic LTER Data Use Policy