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Soil Descriptions and Soil Chemistry for LAII/ATLAS Winter Carbon Flux Sites, Alaska, 1992 and 1998-2000


Soil profiles at 27 sites in northern Alaska were described and classified in order to provide baseline soils data for ARCSS/LAII/ATLAS (Arctic Transitions in the Land-Atmosphere System) Winter Carbon Flux studies. The investigators collected samples and field data in the summers of 1992, 1998, 1999, and 2000. Profile descriptions include horizon depth, color, texture, and other morphological properties. Accompanying sample site descriptions provide information about landforms, vegetation cover, and soil parent material. Soils are classified according to USDA soil taxonomy guidelines. Laboratory analyses include measurements of soil water content, bulk density, texture, organic matter content, carbon storage, pH, and chemical components including carbon, nitrogen, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, aluminum, manganese, and iron. Profile descriptions, laboratory data, and soil pit photographs and profile sketches are available in MS Excel, MS Word, and .JPG formats.

Data access

ORDER data for delivery by FTP

Additional information

Related projects: ARCSS
Observational frequency: unknown
Spatial type: point
Categories: Arctic, Land Character.
Documentation: soils_descriptions.pdf [240 KB]
Identifier: doi:10.5065/D6HQ3X1K (Link: )

Temporal coverage

Begin datetime: 1992-08-19 00:00:00, End datetime: 2000-08-01 23:59:59

Spatial coverage

Minimum latitude: 64.726000, Minimum longitude: -164.632000
Maximum latitude: 71.321000, Maximum longitude: -155.733000


Point of contact

Chien-Lu Ping
Palmer Research Center
E-Mail address: cping at alaska dot edu