Title:Eight Mile Lake Research Watershed, Carbon in Permafrost Experimental Heating Research (CiPEHR): Half-hourly soil moisture and temperature data, 2008-2016.
Creator(s):Celis, Gerardo (Post-doc Research Associate)
Schuur, Edward A.G. (Principal Investigator)
Natali, Susan (Affiliated Scientist)
The Carbon in Permafrost Experimental Heating Research (CiPEHR) project addresses the following questions: 1) Does ecosystem warming cause a net release of C from the ecosystem to the atmosphere?, 2) Does the decomposition of old C that comprises the bulk of the soil C pool influence ecosystem C loss?, and 3) How do winter and summer warming alone, and in combination, affect ecosystem C exchange? We are answering these questions using a combination of field and laboratory experiments to measure ecosystem carbon balance and radiocarbon isotope ratios at a warming experiment located in an upland tundra field site near Healy, Alaska in the foothills of the Alaska Range. This data set includes half-hourly values of surface moisture content (gravimetric, 0-5cm), depth-integrated soil moisture (volumetric, 0-20 cm), and soil temperature in winter warming, summer warming, and control treatment plots at CiPEHR.
Data were collected using DC half-bridges (gravimetric water content, 0-5 cm), Campbell Scientific CS616 water content reflectometers (volumetric water content, 0-20 cm), and type-T thermocouples (soil temperature). Data were recorded and stored to Campbell CR1000 datalogger.
Experimental Design:
The study site at the Eight Mile Lake (EML) watershed is located in the northern foothills of the Alaska Range. While permafrost thaw can sometimes result in water ponding, depending on local topography, this landscape consists largely of relatively well-drained uplands. The CiPEHR experiments were established in 2008 to complement research along a natural permafrost thaw gradient, at an adjacent site. At the permafrost-thaw gradient site permafrost temperature has been monitored annually in a 30-m-deep borehole since1985, before the permafrost started to thaw. There are two experimental warming treatments at the CiPEHR project: Winter warming (WW) increases soil temperature and ground thaw using snow fences; Summer warming (SW) increases growing season air temperature using open top chambers. The warming treatments are applied in a blocked split-plot design to evaluate the seperate and combined effects of winter and summer warming.
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Keywords:permafrost, soil moisture, soil temperature, tundra
Categories:Biogeochemistry, Climate, Decomposition, Disturbance, GIS, Primary Production, Soils, Succession, Vegetation
Study Period:2008-09-27 to 2016-09-30
Bounding Box:
West Longitude: -149.225556°
North Latitude: 63.883056°
East Longitude: -149.225556°
South Latitude: 63.883056°
Datum: NAD83
Site References:

EML: Tussock tundra at treeline with permafrost thaw and thermokarst. This site is in the Eight Mile Lake Watershed, west of the town of Healy on Stampede Road, Interior Alaska. This area contains three sites on a permafrost thaw gradient and a nearby experimental snow fence manipulation.

Data Columns:
1TSyyyy-mm-ddDate measurement was taken
2YearYear measurement was taken
3DOYDay of year measurement was taken
4hourminhHour/minute measurement was taken
5FenceSnowfence number
6PlotPlot number within a fence
7WWWinter warming treatment
8SWSummer warming treatment
9T_fivedeg CSoil Temperature at 5 cm
10T_tendeg CSoil Temperature at 10 cm
11T_twentydeg CSoil Temperature at 20 cm
12T_fortydeg CSoil Temperature at 40 cm
13GWCg g-1Gravimetric water content (0-5 cm)
14VWCpercentVolumetric water content (0-20 cm)
Data File(s): 477_EML_AK_CiPEHR_soil_2008to2009.txt (50.45M, 840,961 rows)
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477_EML_AK_CiPEHR_soil_2009to2010.txt (48.64M, 840,961 rows)
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477_EML_AK_CiPEHR_soil_2010to2011.txt (48.65M, 840,961 rows)
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477_EML_AK_CiPEHR_soil_2011to2012.txt (48.77M, 843,265 rows)
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477_EML_AK_CiPEHR_soil_2012to2013.txt (48.7M, 840,961 rows)
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477_EML_AK_CiPEHR_soil_2013to2014.txt (49.31M, 840,961 rows)
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477_EML_AK_CiPEHR_soil_2014to2015.txt (48.18M, 840,961 rows)
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477_EML_AK_CiPEHR_soil_2015-2016.csv (54.74M, 843,265 rows)
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Image File(s): There are no image files available with this data package.
Supplemental File(s): There are no supplemental files available with this data package.
Metadata Formats: Full Metadata (HTML format)
EML (Ecological Metadata Language - XML format)
Public Release:2016-12-17
Network Data ID:knb-lter-bnz.477.19

Natali, SM, EAG Schuur, C Trucco, CE Hicks Pries, KG Crummer, and AF Baron Lopez. 2011. Effects of experimental warming of air, soil and permafrost on carbon balance in Alaskan tundra. Global Change Biology 17: 1394-1407. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2010.02303.x

Natali, S.M., E.A.G. Schuur, R.L. Rubin. 2011. Increased plant productivity in Alaskan tundra with experimental warming of soil and permafrost. Journal of Ecology, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2745.2011.01925.x

Hicks-Pries, C.E., E.A.G. Schuur, S.M. Natali, and J.G. Vogel. 2013. Moisture controls decomposition rate in thawing tundra. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences 18:1-11. doi:10.1002/jgrg.20089

Natali, S.M., E.A.G. Schuur, E. Webb, C.E. Hicks Pries, and K.G. Crummer. 2014. Permafrost degradation stimulates carbon loss from experimentally warmed tundra. Ecology 95(3):602–608. DOI: 10.1890/13-0602.1

Bracho, R., S.M.N. Natali, E.F. Pegoraro, K.G. Crummer, C. Schadel, C. Celis, L. Hale, L. Wu, H. Yin, J.M. Tiedje, K.T. Konstantinidis, Y. Luo, J. Zhou, E.A.G. Schuur. 2016. Temperature sensitivity of microbial organic matter decomposition of permafrost-region soils during laboratory incubations. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 97. pp. 1-14. doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2016.02.008

Webb, E.E., E.A.G. Schuur, S.M.N. Natali, K.L. Oken, R. Bracho, J.P. Krapek, D. Risk, N.R. Nickerson. 2016. Increased wintertime CO2 loss as a result of sustained tundra warming. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences 121. pp. 249-265. doi: 10.1002/2014JG002795

Salmon, V.G., P. Soucy, M. Mauritz, Dr., S.M.N. Natali, M.C. Mack, E.A.G. Schuur. 2016. Nitrogen availability increases in a tundra ecosystem during five years of experimental permafrost thaw. Global Change Biology 22. pp. 1927-1941. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13204

Deane-Coe, K.K., M. Mauritz, Dr., C. Celis, V.G. Salmon, K.G. Crummer, S.M.N. Natali, E.A.G. Schuur. 2015. Experimental Warming Alters Productivity and Isotopic Signatures of Tundra Mosses. Ecosystems 18. pp. 1070-1082. doi: 10.1007/s10021-015-9884-7

Hicks-Pries, C.E., E.A.G. Schuur, S.M.N. Natali, K.G. Crummer. 2015. Old soil carbon losses increase with ecosystem respiration in experimentally thawed tundra. Nature Climate Change. Published Online 26 October 2015. 7 p. doi: 10.1038/nclimate2830

Data Citation:Celis, Gerardo; Schuur, Edward A.G.; Natali, Susan. 2016. Eight Mile Lake Research Watershed, Carbon in Permafrost Experimental Heating Research (CiPEHR): Half-hourly soil moisture and temperature data, 2008-2016. , Bonanza Creek LTER - University of Alaska Fairbanks. BNZ:477, doi:10.6073/pasta/92e0cdc960b0edd4bfd9bc66bb622a4d
Data Acknowledgement:Data are provided by the Bonanza Creek LTER, a partnership between the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the U.S. Forest Service. Significant funding for collection of these data was provided by the National Science Foundation Long-Term Ecological Research program (NSF Grant numbers DEB-1026415, DEB-0620579, DEB-0423442, DEB-0080609, DEB-9810217, DEB-9211769, DEB-8702629) and by the USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station (Agreement # RJVA-PNW-01-JV-11261952-231).
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