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ABoVE: Burned & Unburned Field Site Data, AK, 2016-2018

Submitted by ORNL DAAC Staff on 2022-05-09
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Locations of field sites in Alaska, U.S.
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Locations of field sites in Alaska, U.S.

The ORNL DAAC recently released a new Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) dataset by Loboda, T.V., et al. (2022):

Burned and Unburned Field Site Data, Noatak, Seward, and North Slope, AK, 2016-2018

This dataset includes field measurements from unburned and burned 10 m x 10 m and 1 m x 1 m plots in the Noatak, Seward, and North Slope regions of the Alaskan tundra during July through August in the years 2016-2018. The data include vegetation coverage, soil moisture, soil temperature, soil thickness, thaw depth, and weather measurements. Measurements were recorded using ocular assessments and standard equipment. Plot photographs are included.

Potential field sites were determined a priori using a suite of fire indices and topographic variables. Burned and unburned areas were identified within fire perimeters recorded in the Alaska Large Fire Database (ALFD), and Landsat satellite imagery data was used to calculate indices of fire severity. The final set of sites were selected using a stratified random sampling scheme.

The ABoVE is a NASA Terrestrial Ecology Program field campaign being conducted in Alaska and western Canada, for 8 to 10 years, starting in 2015. Research for ABoVE links field-based, process-level studies with geospatial data products derived from airborne and satellite sensors, providing a foundation for improving the analysis, and modeling capabilities needed to understand and predict ecosystem responses to, and societal implications of, climate change in the Arctic and Boreal regions.

Additional data from ABoVE and other relevant links can be found on the ORNL DAAC's ABoVE Project Page.

Citation: Loboda, T.V., L.K. Jenkins, D. Chen, J. He, and A. Baer. 2022. Burned and Unburned Field Site Data, Noatak, Seward, and North Slope, AK, 2016-2018. ORNL DAAC, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. https://doi.org/10.3334/ORNLDAAC/1919

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