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Shaver, G. 1989. Above ground biomass in acidic tussock tundra experimental site, 1989, Arctic LTER, Toolik, Alaska. Arctic LTER, Marine Biological Lab, Woods Hole, Ma 02543. 1989gsttbm http://ecosystems.mbl.edu/arc/terrest/biomass/index.shtml 

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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 via LTER Data Poral
Dataset ID:1988_currentTFSDaily.06
Dataset Title:A multi-year DAILY weather file for the Toolik Field Station at Toolik Lake, AK starting 1988 to present.
Investigator 1: 
First Name:Gus
Last Name:Shaver
Organization:Marine Biological Lab
Address line 2:Ecosystem Center
Address line 3:7 MBL St.
City:Woods Hole
State:MA
Zip Code:02543
Country:USA
Investigator 2: 
First Name:Jim
Last Name:Laundre
Organization:Marine Biological Lab
Address line 2:Ecosystem Center
Address line 3:7 MBL St.
City:Woods Hole
State:MA
Zip Code:02543
Country:USA
Associate Investigators:
Keywords:weather, temperature, radiation, wind, relative humidity
Abstract:A multi-year DAILY weather file for the Arctic Tundra LTER site at Toolik Lake, AK. Included are daily averages and/or maximums and minimums of air, wind speed, soil temperature, and sum of global radiation and precipitation.
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
Email: arc_im@mbl.edu
Online URL: http://ecosystems.mbl.edu/ARC/
DATA FILE INFORMATION:
Data File URL http://metacat.lternet.edu/das/dataAccessServlet?docid=knb-lter-arc.1489&urlTail=weather/tl/data/1988_currentTFSDaily.csv
Data File Name 1988_currentTFSDaily.data
Beginning Date 6/1/1988
End Date 12/31/2008
Number of Data Records 7519
Other Files to Reference
Availability Status
Quality Control Information
Maintenance Description
Log of Changes: 10 May07 entered the metadata in the excel meatadata sheet. Checked data and documentation. Data now are through end of 2006. Jiml
Version 3: Upadte LTERNET Data Access server proxy link for Excel and comma delimited data files. Changed from knb to das in url.
version4: Added 2007 and 2007 data Jim L Apr2010
Version 5: Metadata updated to newer form (with sites sheet). Units updated to current standards. CH April 2013.
Version 6: Corrected Distrubution URL. It had xlsfiles in the path. Jim L 19Jun14
 
RESEARCH LOCATION:                  
Location Name TFS Weather Station Select Site or enter New One Select Site or enter New One Select Site or enter New One Select Site or enter New One Select Site or enter New One Select Site or enter New One Select Site or enter New One  
Geographic Description University of Alaska Fairbanks Toolik Field Station, North Slope of Alaska Enter Description Enter Description Enter Description Enter Description Enter Description Enter Description Enter Description  
Location Bounding Box                  
West Bounding Coordinate                  
East Bounding Coordinate                  
North Bounding Coordinate                  
South Bounding Coordinate                  
OR if single point location                  
Latitude 68.628 In Decimal Degrees In Decimal Degrees In Decimal Degrees In Decimal Degrees In Decimal Degrees In Decimal Degrees In Decimal Degrees  
Longitude -149.593 In Decimal Degrees In Decimal Degrees In Decimal Degrees In Decimal Degrees In Decimal Degrees In Decimal Degrees In Decimal Degrees  
Elevation 726.5 In Meters In Meters In Meters In Meters In Meters In Meters In Meters  
Link to Google Map View on Google Map                
                   
 
TAXONOMIC COVERAGE:
Organisms studied
 
Methods:Experimental Design/Sampling Description:
Daily data from the Arctic LTER Toolik Field Station weather station. Where possible two nearby stations were used to fill in missing data using regressions to estimate the missing values. The Arctic LTER tussock station is 700 meters away and has the best regression fit. The Imnavait weather station is 12 kilometers away and 200 meters higher. There are good summer air temp regressions with Toolik but during the winter months the variability is greater (Larry Hinzman and Doug Kane Water Research Center; University of Alaska Fairbanks; Fairbanks, AK 99775-5860). From 1989 to 1998 summer only precipitation was collected at Toolik. Winter precipitation data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Alaska Imnavait weather station was used to fill in the winter data. This precipitation gage has a Wyoming windshield installed. In fall of 1998 year round precipitation at Toolik was started.

Weather data has been collected at Toolik Lake by the Arctic LTER since June 1988. Sensors that are measured every minute and averaged or totaled every hour include: air temperature and relative humidity at 1 and 5 meters, wind speed at 1 and 5 meters, wind direction at 5 meters, global solar radiation, photosynthetically active radiation, barometric pressure, and unfrozen precipitation. Sensors measured every 10 minutes and averaged every three hours include: soil temperatures, lake temperature, lake depth, and evaporation pan depth and pan water temperature. In the fall of 1998 a Campbell CS705 Snowfall adapter was added for snowfall measurements. In 1999 a Wyoming windshield was added 30Aug99. In August 2006 a OTT Pluvio Precipitation Gauge. (Standard with a heating ring. Resolution: 0.01/0.1; Collecting area 200 cm2; Total quantity 250 mm) replaced the tipping rain gauge/CS705 adapter.

See http://ecosystems.mbl.edu/ARC/weather/sensors.html for a description of the sensors used.

Notes and Comments:
Wind Speeds less than .447 are considered calm. For the global solar radiation and photosynthetically active radiation sensors no attempt is made to correct for frost or snow on the sensors during the winter months. Therefore winter radiation data should be view as suspect and used only qualitatively.

See additional notes under Comments variable.

Data Table

Variable Name Variable Description Data Type Units DateTime Format Code Information Missing Value Code
Year Year yyyy datetime   yyyy    
Month Month of collection integer datetime   mm    
Date Date yyyymmdd datetime   yyyymmdd    
LTER_Site Three letter Long term Ecological Research site code For the arctic tundra --ARC text        
Station Name of Arctic weather station text        
Daily_AirTemp_Mean_C Daily average Air temperature at 5meters Celsius number celsius     #N/A=Missing or Not Measured
Flag_Daily_AirTemp_Mean_C Flag variable - E indicates an estimated value;. See comment variable. text       #N/A=Missing or Not Measured
Daily_AirTemp_AbsMax_C Maximum air temperature at 5 meter Celsius number celsius     #N/A=Missing or Not Measured
Flag_Daily_AirTemp_AbsMax_C Flag variable - E indicates an estimated value;. See comment variable. text       #N/A=Missing or Not Measured
Daily_AirTemp_AbsMin_C Minimum air temperature at 5 meters Celsius number celsius     #N/A=Missing or Not Measured
Flag_Daily_AirTemp_AbsMin_C Flag variable - E indicates an estimated value;. See comment variable. text       #N/A=Missing or Not Measured
Daily_Precip_Total_mm Total daily precipitation mm number millimeter     #N/A=Missing or Not Measured
Flag_Daily_Precip_Total_mm Flag variable - E indicates an estimated value;. See comment variable. text       #N/A=Missing or Not Measured
Daily_windsp_mean_msec Daily average wind speed at 5 meter meters/sec number meterPerSecond     #N/A=Missing or Not Measured
FLAG_Daily_windsp_mean_msec Flag variable - E indicates an estimated value;. See comment variable. text       #N/A=Missing or Not Measured
Daily_Windspeed_AbsMax_m_s Wind Speed Maximum at 5 meter meters/sec number meterPerSecond     #N/A=Missing or Not Measured
Daily_globalrad_total_jcm2 Total joules per sq cm per day joules/cm2/day number joulePerCentimeterSquaredPerDay     #N/A=Missing or Not Measured
FLAG_Daily_globalrad_total_mjm2 Flag variable - E indicates an estimated value;. See comment variable. text       #N/A=Missing or Not Measured
Moss Avg. Soil moss layer temperature - Celsius number celsius     #N/A=Missing or Not Measured
Soil20cm Avg. Soil temperature at 20 cm Celsius number celsius     #N/A=Missing or Not Measured
Comments Notes on data text       #N/A=Missing or Not Measured

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