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Snow and Vegetation Measurements from Selected Sites Near Council, Alaska, USA, 2000-2002


A combination of snow depth, snow temperature, snow water equivalent (SWE), and albedo measurements were taken from the spring of 2000 to the fall of 2002 at five sites near Council, Alaska. The sites vary in land cover type from forest to tundra. The purpose of the investigation was to understand the potential effects of climate change on the region by measuring how conditions change along a vegetation gradient. These data, which characterize snow cover and snow-holding capacity of various vegetation types, can help scientists understand how key meteorological events impact the arctic landscape. Data files are in Excel format and include plots of the data and supplementary data information.

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  • 1.0 (2009-04-29)
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Language English
Grant Code OPP-9732077
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  • climatologyMeteorologyAtmosphere
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Temporal coverage

Begin datetime 2000-05-09 00:00:00
End datetime 2002-10-03 23:59:59

Spatial coverage

Map data from IBCSO, IBCAO, and Global Topography.

Maximum (North) Latitude: 64.9354, Minimum (South) Latitude: 64.5029
Minimum (West) Longitude: -163.7378, Maximum (East) Longitude: -163.6496

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Matthew Sturm <>

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Example citation following ESIP guidelines:

Sturm, M., et al. 2009. Snow and Vegetation Measurements from Selected Sites Near Council, Alaska, USA, 2000-2002. Version 1.0. UCAR/NCAR - Earth Observing Laboratory. Accessed 27 Nov 2020.

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