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Data sets were provided by the Arctic LTER. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants #DEB-981022, 9211775, 8702328; #OPP-9911278, 9911681, 9732281, 9615411, 9615563, 9615942, 9615949, 9400722, 9415411, 9318529; #BSR 9019055, 8806635, 8507493.

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Dataset URLs:METADATA: HTML, Rich Text, XML(EML compliant)
DATA: Comma Delimited, Excel file with Metadata and data
Dataset ID:itexheathmicroclimate.01
Dataset Title:Welker Dry Heath Microclimate Data
Investigator 1: 
First Name:Jeff
Last Name:Welker
Organization:Ecosystem/Biomedical Lab
Address line 2:University of Alaska
Address line 3:
Zip Code:99508
Investigator 2: 
First Name:Paddy
Last Name:Sullivan
Organization:Ecosystem/Biomedical Lab
Address line 2:University of Alaska
Zip Code:99508
Associate Investigators:
Keywords:itex, dry heath, snowfence, microclimate
Abstract:Hourly air temperature, humidity, wind speed, soil temperature and soil water data from the control area of the ITEX dry heath study site
For questions about the Metadata and data contact the Investigators.
For information about this web site contact:
Arctic LTER Information Manager
The Ecosystems Center
Marine Biological Lab
7 MBL St
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Phone (508) 289 7496
Online URL:
Data File URL
Data File Name itexheathmicroclimate.01
Beginning Date 5/29/2007
End Date 8/6/2010
Number of Data Records 27985
Other Files to Reference
Availability Status
Quality Control Information
Maintenance Description
Log of Changes: Updated Metadata sheet
Version 1 : Mar 2011 Received file from Paddy Sullivan. Updated the metadata sheet and created eml files and web files. JimL
Geographic Description Control area of the ITEX dry heath study site near Toolik Field Station, North Slope, Alaska  
Location Bounding Box    
West Bounding Coordinate    
East Bounding Coordinate    
North Bounding Coordinate    
South Bounding Coordinate    
OR if single point location    
Latitude 68.62  
Longitude -149.6  
Elevation 740 m  
Organisms studied
Methods: These are microclimate data that were logged hourly to a CR1000 datalogger. All sensors, except the soil water sensor, were scanned every 30 seconds and averaged hourly. The soil water sensor was measured just at the top of the hour. Sensors are as follows:

Air temperature and relative humidity: Campbell Scientific CS215
Wind speed: Met One 014A
Soil temperature: Campbell Scientific 107
Volumetric soil water content: Campbell Scientific CS616

Data Table

Variable Name Variable Description Data Type Units DateTime Format Code Information Missing Value Code
date Date of measurement datetime   dd-MMM-yyyy    
time Time of measurement datetime   hh:mm    
air temperature at 2 m height in gill radiation shield number celsius      
relative humidity at 2 m height in gill radiation shield number percent      
wind speed_avg at 3 m height number meterPerSecond      
wind speed_max at 3 m height number meterPerSecond      
soil temperature at 10 cm depth number celsius      
soil water content volume water/volume soil at 10 cm depth number centimeterCubedPerCentimeterCubed