Caribou-Poker Creeks Research Watershed NEON - United States of America
Caribou-Poker Creeks Research Watershed NEON
United States of America
The Caribou-Poker Research Watershed hosts a set of co-located terrestrial and aquatic field sites on land owned by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. Just 35 minutes outside of Fairbanks, the sites are easy to access from the Steese Highway. Remote sensing surveys of this field site collect lidar, spectrometer and high-resolution RGB camera data. The flux/meteorological tower at this site is 59’ with 5 measurement levels. The tower top extends above the vegetation canopy to allow sensors mounted at the top and along the tower to capture the full profile of atmospheric conditions from the top of the vegetation canopy to the ground. The tower collects physical and chemical properties of atmosphere-related processes, such as humidity, wind, and net ecosystem gas exchange. Precipitation data are collected by a Double Fence Intercomparison Reference (DFIR) near the tower and a series of throughfalls located in the soil array. This site has five soil plots placed in an array within the airshed of the flux tower. Field ecologists collect the following types of observational data at this site: Terrestrial organisms (birds, ground beetles, mosquitoes, plants, small mammals, soil microbes, ticks), Biogeochemical data, and and soil data. Total data products planned for this site: 117.
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
Climate in the Taiga is changing much faster than the global average. Data from the NEON project will help researchers monitor these changes and study their impact on Taiga ecosystems. NEON data will also provide added context for other research projects in the domain, such as permafrost monitoring.
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