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Principal Investigator
Ecosystems Center
Marine Biological Laboratory
7 MBL St.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

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Dataset ID:2000dlmnth
Dataset Title:Arctic LTER 2000: Hourly data from the Toolik Moist Non-acidic Tussock Experimental plots (MNT).
Investigator 1: 
First Name:Sarah
Last Name:Hobbie
Address line 1:
Address line 2:
Address line 3:
Zip Code:
Associate Investigators:JIM LAUNDRE
Keywords:weather, air temperature, relative humidity, soil temperature
Abstract: Hourly data from the Toolik Moist Non-acidic Tussock Experimental plots (MNT). In 1999 a Campbell CR10x data logger was installed in block 2 of the experimental plots. The plots are located on a hillside near Toolik Lake (68 38' N, 149 36'W). Sensors were placed in control, fertilized, greenhouse and greenhouse fertilized sites.
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 Name 2000dlmnth
Beginning Date 5/1/2000
End Date 9/1/2000
Number of Data Records
Other Files to Reference
Availability Status
Quality Control Information
Maintenance Description
Log of Changes: Log of changes: For Archival Use: DATE RECEIVED: 3May2000, Aug2000 DATA FILE ENTERED BY: J.Laundre DATA FILE VALIDATION: 3May2000 NAME: JL DATE:
Geographic Description Toolik Lake Field Station (68 38' N, 149 36'W), LTER Moist Non-acidic tussock site on hill south of Toolik Lake, North Slope of Alaska.
Location Bounding Box
West Bounding Coordinate
East Bounding Coordinate
North Bounding Coordinate
South Bounding Coordinate
OR if single point location
Organisms studied

A Campbell CR10x data logger, in the LTER Toolik Moist Non-acidic Tussock Experimental plots (block 2), is used to monitor weather and soil temperatures.
Sensors in the control and greenhouses plots include: air temperature and relative humidity. These sensors are read every minute and averaged or totaled every hour.
Two profiles of soil temperature are measured per treatment plot with copper/constantan thermocouple wires (TC) installed at depths of 0,10, 20, and 40 cm in inter-tussock areas. The following label codes are used: CT = control, GH = greenhouses, NP = fertilized, GHF= greenhouse fertilized, plus a 1 or a 2 for the profile number. All soil sensors are read every 15 minutes and averaged every 3 hours.
Hourly, three hourly and daily summaries are in files yyDLMNTH.DAT, yyDLMNTO.DAT, and yDLMNTD.DAT respectively, where yy is the year in which the data are collected. The original data are in file yyDLMNTDAT.ZIP which is archived at The Marine Biological Lab, Woods Hole, MA.
Note: The covers on greenhouses are removed every fall and reinstalled every spring.

Notes: Missing values are indicated by #N/A.
Greenhouse air sensor was not added until Jun15,2000

Reference Citations: Buck, A.L.. 1981 New equations for computing vapor pressure and enhancement factor. Journal of Applied Meteorology 20:1527-1532.

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Data Table

Variable    Variable description.    Precision/Units
YEAR:         Year                           YYYY
DATE:        Date                            DD-MMM-YYYY
MONTH:       Month
DAYS:        Julian plus fraction of day
ID:          Program step that output the data
JULIAN:      Julian Date                      ddd
HOUR:        Time -Alaska standard time       2400
CT Air Temp: Control temp at 3 meters         Celsius
GH Air Temp: Greenhouse temp                  Celsius
CT RH:       Control Relative Humidity at 3 meters %
GH RH:       Greenhouse Relative Humidity     %
VAPOR PRES 3M:  Vapor Pressure at 3 meters     millibars
COMMENTS:    Comments about individual datum points.
Variable        Formula
VAPOR PRESS 3M:  If Air Temp > 0 then  (RH /100) * 6.1121 *
exp(17.368 * AIR TEMP /(238.88 + AIR TEMP ))
If Air Temp < 0 then (RH /100) * 6.1121 *
exp(17.966 * AIR TEMP /(238.88 + AIR TEMP )) (Buck 1981).

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