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Title: Pedo-ecological investigations, Barrow, Alaska
Authors: Brown, Jerry, 1936-
Johnson, Philip L., 1931-
Keywords: Tundras
Tundra ecology
Barrow, Alaska
Soil mechanics
Frozen ground
Frozen soils
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical report (Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)) ; 159.
Description: Technical Report
Abstract: This report is an introduction to the cooperative research investigations underway at Barrow, Alaska, and includes field activities from the spring of 1962 to the summer of 1964. The primary objectives of the study are to quantify the environmental parameters and ecosystem processes which are responsible for generating the complex Arctic landscape and to evaluate the effect of micro- and macro-relief upon soils and vegetation. The experimental design and methodologies employed for acquisition and analysis of data are described. Data are presented from 20 plots which include depth of summer thaw for 1962 and 1963, soil moisture content at 80 sample sites, soil chemical concentrations at the 3/4-meter depth, selected soil temperature for an entire year, and lichen, moss, and vascular plant cover. Microclimatic data at 6 stations along a 2-km transect are presented for summer 1963. The interdisciplinary approach to these investigations has been directed towards an understanding of the edaphic, geomorphic, botanical, and ecological characteristics of the landscape, and to a lesser extent to their interactions with the microenvironment.
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