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Arctic LTER Database

Arctic LTER Database

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

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Dataset ID:1988_2001dlsag
Dataset Title:Arctic LTER 1988 to 2001: Daily weather data from (Giblin, et al 1991) riverside toposequence site, in the northern foothills of the Brooks Range, Alaska.
Investigator 1: 
First Name:GUS
Last Name:SHAVER
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Associate Investigators:JIM LAUNDRE
Keywords:weather, temperature, precipitation, wind
Abstract: Daily weather data from (Giblin, et al 1991) riverside toposequence site, in the northern foothills of the Brooks Range, Alaska. Data included are daily averages, maximums and minimums of air temperature and wind speed, and daily sum of summer precipitation.
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 1988_2001dlsag
Beginning Date 5/1/1988
End Date 9/1/1988
Number of Data Records
Other Files to Reference
Availability Status
Quality Control Information
Maintenance Description
Log of Changes: Log of changes: 10Dec01Checked and appended the daily data from 1988 through Aug 2001. JL For Archival Use: DATE RECEIVED: DATA FILE ENTERED BY: Jim Laundre DATA FILE VALIDATION: NAME: DATE:
Geographic Description Near the Sagavanirktok River (68 degrees 46’N, 148 degrees 52’W, elevation 470 m) northern foothills of Brook Range, Alaska, U.S.A.
Location Bounding Box
West Bounding Coordinate
East Bounding Coordinate
North Bounding Coordinate
South Bounding Coordinate
OR if single point location
Organisms studied

In the summer of 1987 a weather station was placed on an old floodplain terrace about 200 m from the Sagavanirktok River. The site is vegetated by dwarf shrubs of Ericads and Betula. Initially the station was operational from late May/early June through August. In 1993 the station became year round. Any missing May through October average air temperature data were estimated using regressions with the Toolik Field Station weather station (68 degrees 38'N, 149 degrees 36'W). For a description of the site see Shaver, et al. 1996.
In addition to air temperature and wind speed which are reported here, global incoming radiation, photosynthetically active radiation (PAR), soil temperatures and wind direction were recorded. See the hourly data files.
Sensors information:

Campbell Scientific, Model 207 Temperature and Relative Humidity Probe. Temperature sensor is a Fenwall electronics thermistor and the Relative Humidity sensor is a Phys-chemical Research sensor. Specs: Temp: Accuracy over the range -40 to 56°C is 1.0°C. RH: for a range of 12 - 100% the percentage error is 3. Upper temperature limit is 79°C.

MET-ONE, (supplied by Campbell Scientific) Wind direction use a light weight, air foil vane and a potentiometer to produce an output that varies proportional with wind direction. Specs: Minimum Wind speed to get accurate reading = 1.0 mph. Accuracy ±5° Temperature range -50 to 70°C.

MET-ONE, (supplied by Campbell Scientific) Wind speed sensor Model 014A. Sensor uses a 3-cup anemometer assembly and simple magnet-read switch assembly to produce a series of contact closures whose frequency is proportional to wind speed. Specs:
Operating Range - 0 to 125 mph or 0-60 m/s. Accuracy ±1.5% or 0.25 mph. Working temperature range -50 to 85°C.

Li-Cor, Pyranometer: Model LI-200SB- Pyranometer is calibrated to detect most the daylight spectrum (sunlight and PAR). Specs: Sensitivity - 80mA per 1000 Watts m-2. Absolute error max ±5% but typically ±3%.

Li-Cor, Quantum. Model LI-190SB. Quantum measure photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) in mEinsteins S-1 m-2. Specs: range 400-700nm wavelength. Sensitivity 8mA/1000 mE s-1 m-2. Relative error less then ±10% for plant canopies or less then ±5% for growth chambers.

Texas Electronics, Inc. (supplied by Campbell Scientific) Tipping Bucket Electric Rain Gauge. A complex spun collector funnel with a knife edge that diverts the water to a tipping bucket mechanism. For each tip a magnet causes an electronic pulse that is recorded. Each alternate tip occurs for each 0.01 inch of rainfall. Specs: Accuracy 1% at 2 inches/hr or less. Accurate Temperature Range: 0 - 37°C.

Notes: Wind speeds less than .447 are considered calm.
Air temperature at 5 meters is measured using Campbell’s 207 probes. The thermisters’ range only goes to -40 Celsius, therefore temperatures below - 40 are inaccurate.
For additional notes check the Comment variable in the dataset.

Reference Citations: Gilbin, A. E., K. J. Nadelhoffer, G. R. Shaver, J. A. Laundre and A.J. McKerrow. 1991. Biogeochemical diversity along a riverside toposequence in arctic Alaska. Ecological Monographs, 61(4):415-435.
Shaver, G. R., J. A. Laundre, A. E. Giblin, and K. J. Nadelhoffer. 1996. Changes in live plant biomass, primary production, and species composition along a riverside toposequence in arctic Alaska., U.S.A. Arctic and Alpine Research. 28(3):363-379.

Sampling Description.


Data Table

Variable    Variable description.            Units
NOTE: All missing values are indicated by #N/A
Variable        Variable description                     Units
LTER_Site  Three letter Long term Ecological Research site code For the arctic tundra :ARC
Station      Name weather station
Year            Year                       yyyy
Month           Month of collection          integer
Date            Date                        yyyymmdd
Daily_Precip_Total_mm            Total daily precipitation               mm
Flag_Daily_Precip_Total_mm   Flag variable - E indicates an estimated value;. See comment variable.
Daily_AirTemp_Mean_C           Daily average Air temperature at 5meters   Celsius
Flag_Daily_AirTemp_Mean_C  Flag variable - E indicates an estimated value;. See comment variable.
Daily_AirTemp_AbsMax_C        Maximum air temperature at 5 meter      Celsius
Flag_Daily_AirTemp_AbsMax_C  Flag variable - E indicates an estimated value;. See comment variable.
Daily_AirTemp_AbsMin_C        Minimum air temperature at 5 meters     Celsius
Flag_Daily_AirTemp_AbsMin_C   Flag variable - E indicates an estimated value;. See comment variable.
Daily_Windspeed_m_s      Daily average wind speed at 5 meter     meters/sec
Daily_Windspeed_AbsMax_m_s        Wind Speed Maximum at 5 meter           meters/sec
Comments:       Comments about individual data record

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