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Thule Biocomplexity - Gross Ecosystem Photosynthesis


Ecosystem carbon dioxide flux measurements were taken at a High Arctic prostrate dwarf-shrub, herb tundra near Pituffik (Thule), Greenland (76 deg 29'N, 68 deg 26'W; elevation 245 m asl) northwest Greenland. Between 1978 and 2004, mean annual air temperature and precipitation for the site were -11.4 deg C and 12.5 cm respectively. Over the same period, growing season (June, July and August) air temperatures averaged 3.8 deg C and approximately 50% of precipitation fell between October and April as snow. The soil surface of the study site was approximately 40% covered by vascular plants and 60% unvegetated. Dominant vascular plants include the deciduous dwarf-shrub Salix arctica, the graminoid Carex rupestris and the wintergreen dwarf-shrub Dryas integrifolia. The dataset covers the growing seasons of 2006 and 2007.

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  • 1.0 (2008-11-13)
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Spatial Type point
Language English
Grant Code 221606
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  • biota
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Temporal coverage

Begin datetime 2006-06-21 13:30:00
End datetime 2007-08-21 13:30:59

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Map data from IBCSO, IBCAO, and Global Topography.

Maximum (North) Latitude: 76.55, Minimum (South) Latitude: 76.55
Minimum (West) Longitude: -68.56667, Maximum (East) Longitude: -68.56667

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Jeff M. Welker <>

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Welker, J., Schimel, J., Sletten, R. 2008. Thule Biocomplexity - Gross Ecosystem Photosynthesis. Version 1.0. UCAR/NCAR - Earth Observing Laboratory. Accessed 20 Oct 2020.

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