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Snow on the Alaska North Slope Grids



This data report is a summary of snow-survey information collected during a trip to the Arctic Slope on April 9-14, 2003. The data were all collected as part of the Biocomplexity of Frost-Boil Ecosystems study (Walker et al. 2003, in press). Snow is an important factor affecting soil-surface temperatures during the winter. These data will be used to help model the influence of snow on frost heave.

The data collected included
1. Snow depth and soil temperature information from 106 permanent plots (releves) that are part of a vegetation classification study.
2. Snow density and snow-water-equivalent (SWE) measurements from the midpoints of the four sides of each of twelve 10x10-m grids at Happy Valley, Sagwon, Franklin Bluffs, Deadhorse, West Dock, and Howe Island.
3. Snow depths at every meter within the grids.
4. Snow profile descriptions from each grid.

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Additional information

Data Quality final
  • 1.0 (2010-11-30)
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Spatial Type multiple
Frequency other
Language English
Grant Code 0120736
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Temporal coverage

Begin datetime 2003-04-09 00:00:00
End datetime 2003-04-14 23:59:59

Spatial coverage

Map data from IBCSO, IBCAO, and Global Topography.

Maximum (North) Latitude: 70.38142, Minimum (South) Latitude: 69.14655
Minimum (West) Longitude: -148.85236, Maximum (East) Longitude: -148.46667

Primary point of contact information

Hilmar A. Maier <>

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Walker, D., et al. 2010. Snow on the Alaska North Slope Grids. Version 1.0. UCAR/NCAR - Earth Observing Laboratory. Accessed 16 Jul 2024.

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