Long term response of arctic tussock tundra to thermal erosion features: A modeling analysis. A 100 yr old thermal erosion event response to NP fertilization.

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The Multiple Element Limitation (MEL) model is used to simulate the recovery of Alaskan arctic tussock tundra to thermal erosion features (TEFs) caused by permafrost thaw and mass wasting. TEFs could be significant to regional carbon (C) and nutrient budgets because permafrost soils contain large stocks of soil organic matter (SOM) and TEFs are expected to become more frequent as climate warms. These simulations deal only with recovery following TEF stabilization and do not address initial losses of C and nutrients during TEF formation. To capture the variability among and within TEFs, we simulate a range of post-stabilization conditions by varying the initial size of SOM pools and nutrient supply rates. This file contains the results for a 100yr old TEF response to N and P fertilization over 25 years.

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Pearce, A. 2014. Long term response of arctic tussock tundra to thermal erosion features: A modeling analysis. A 100 yr old thermal erosion event response to NP fertilization. Environmental Data Initiative. http://dx.doi.org/10.6073/pasta/5dc62fe50e843eb1a2247758dd01fb58
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Friday, January 1, 1999 to Thursday, December 31, 2026

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2014

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We calibrated the Multiple Element Limitation (MEL IVarc, Rastetter et al., 2013 and Pearce et al., in press) model to Alaskan arctic tundra to simulate recovery of thermal erosion features (TEFs) caused by permafrost thaw and mass wasting. The MEL model was calibrated to match annual C, N, P and water fluxes of tussock tundra on the North Slope of Alaska near Toolik Lake, AK (68° 38'N, 149° 43'W) (see Pearce, in press for details). The calibrated simulates acidic tussock tundra under 2000 climatic conditions, warming, warming and fertilization, fertilization, and decreased solar radiation reasonably well. In all TEF simulations we assumed that the slope failure caused by the disturbance had stabilized prior to the start of the simulation and that there was no ongoing downslope mass transfer. We cut initial biomass by 90% to reflect the loss of the majority of the standing biomass after a thermal erosion disturbance. We than ran several simulations with varying Phase I and Phase II SOM to reflect a range of possible post-disturbance conditions among and within TEFs. We also simulated conditions that result in a higher availability of nutrients than in the undisturbed tundra used for our calibration. Table 1: MEL tussock tundra simulations run as part of this study. Simulation Name Parameter File Driver Database filename Tussock tundra control MEL.tussock_tundra.v1.0.par Toolik_control.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_control Tussock tundra greenhouse MEL.tussock_tundra.v1.0.par Toolik_greenhouse.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_greenhouse Tussock tundra greenhouse fertilized MEL.tussock_tundra.v1.0.par Toolik_GH_NP.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_GH_NP Tussock tundra shade house MEL.tussock_tundra.v1.0.par Toolik_shade.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_shade Tussock tundra NP response MEL.tussock_tundra.v1.0.par Toolik_NP_fertilized.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_NPfertilized Baseline TEF MEL.tussock_TEF.v1.0.par Toolik_control.drr MEL_Toolik_tusscock_TEF.regrow Undisturbed tundra MEL.tussock_tundra.v1.0.par Toolik_Control.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_undisturbed Baseline TEF MEL.tussock_TEF.v1.0.par Toolik_Control.drr MEL_Toolik_tusscock_TEF.regrow Nutrient saturated TEF MEL.tussock_TEF.v1.0_SatNuts.par Toolik_Control.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_TEF.SatNuts TEF Analysis: Sim A MEL.tussock_TEF.v1.0.SimA.par Toolik_Control.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_TEF.SimA TEF Analysis: Sim B MEL.tussock_TEF.v1.0.SimB.par Toolik_Control.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_TEF.SimB TEF Analysis: Sim C MEL.tussock_TEF.v1.0.SimC.par Toolik_Control.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_TEF.SimC TEF Analysis: Sim D MEL.tussock_TEF.v1.0.SimD.par Toolik_Control.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_TEF.SimD TEF Analysis: Sim E MEL.tussock_TEF.v1.0.SimE.par Toolik_Control.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_TEF.SimE TEF Analysis: Sim F MEL.tussock_TEF.v1.0.SimA.par Toolik_50xN.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_TEF.SimF TEF Analysis: Sim G MEL.tussock_TEF.v1.0.SimA.par Toolik_50xP.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_TEF.SimG TEF Analysis: Sim H MEL.tussock_TEF.v1.0.SimA.par Toolik_50xNP.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_TEF.SimH TEF Analysis: Sim I MEL.tussock_TEF.v1.0.SimI.par Toolik_Control.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_TEF.SimI TEF Analysis: Sim J MEL.tussock_TEF.v1.0.SimJ.par Toolik_Control.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_TEF.SimJ Tussock tundra control MEL.tussock_tundra.v1.0.par Toolik_control.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_control Tussock tundra N response MEL.tussock_tundra.v1.0.par Toolik_N_fertilized.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_Nfertilized Tussock tundra P response MEL.tussock_tundra.v1.0.par Toolik_P_fertilized.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_Pfertilized Tussock tundra NP response MEL.tussock_tundra.v1.0.par Toolik_NP_fertilized.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_NPfertilized Aged TEF control MEL.tussock_TEF.v1.0.Yr100.par Toolik_control.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_TEF100.control Aged TEF N response MEL.tussock_TEF.v1.0.Yr100.par Toolik_N_fertilized.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_TEF100.Nfert Aged TEF P response MEL.tussock_TEF.v1.0.Yr100.par Toolik_P_fertilized.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_TEF100.Pfert Aged TEF NP response MEL.tussock_TEF.v1.0.Yr100.par Toolik_NP_fertilized.drr MEL_Toolik_tussock_TEF100.NPfert Table 2: Percent initial Biomass, debris, and Phase I and Phase II SOM stocks and additional treatments imposed in the TEF simulations. Simulation Vegetation biomass Debris Phase I SOM Phase II SOM Additional manipulation Undisturbed tundra 100 100 100 100 none Baseline TEF 10 75 75 100 none Nutrient saturated TEF 10 75 75 100 saturating NH4+, PO43-, and DON TEF Analysis: Sim A 10 75 75 200 none TEF Analysis: Sim B 10 75 150 100 none TEF Analysis: Sim C 10 75 150 200 none TEF Analysis: Sim D 10 75 75 75 none TEF Analysis: Sim E 10 75 25 100 none TEF Analysis: Sim F 10 75 75 100 0.75 g N/m2/yr TEF Analysis: Sim G 10 75 75 100 0.1 g P /m2/yr TEF Analysis: Sim H 10 75 75 100 0.75 g N/m2/yr 0.1 g P /m2/yr TEF Analysis: Sim I 10 75 75 100 2x Phase I decomposition TEF Analysis: Sim J 10 75 75 100 2x Phase II decomposition

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