Inventory and Monitoring Project, Vegetation Protocol, Denali National Park and Preserve
Entry ID: usgsbrdasc0011

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Summary
Abstract: The location of the zone of transition between boreal forest and
tundra, often referred to as treeline, has shifted in the past in response to
climate change. Global warming is predicted to have a major effect on this
ecotone within several decades, when the boreal forest will expand into areas
that are now upland tundra. The vegetation changes at the northern treeline, ... View entire text

Purpose: The vegetation study of the Denali National Park Long Term Inventory
and Monitoring project was installed in the Rock Creek drainage during the
1992-1995 growing seasons. The specific objectives are as follows: Monitor
composition and structure of major plant communities in the watershed, including
monitoring natural change (wildfire, flooding, climatic variation). Monitor
growth rate and reproduction of the dominant treeline species, Picea glauca.
Collect data compatible with long-term monitoring data sets for (1) similar
plant communities and (2) white spruce growth rates and reproduction. Compare
data with other sites to amplify monitoring power.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 64.0   S: 63.0   E: -148.0   W: -149.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Roseann Densmore; U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Alaska Biological Science Center;
Dataset Title: Inventory and Monitoring Project, Vegetation Protocol, Denali National Park and Preserve
Dataset Release Date: 1997
Dataset Release Place: Anchorage, AK
Dataset Publisher: USGS, BRD, Alaska Biological Science Center
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1992-01-01
Stop Date: 1998-01-01
ISO Topic Category
Quality The vegetation monitoring program for global warming which has been tested in
this Denali watershed can be expanded to other areas of similar landscape scale,
but does not represent a comprehensive vegetation inventory and monitoring
scheme for Denali or other national parks. This is intended to be integrated
into a vegetation program which currently includes parkwide plant species
inventory, wildfire monitoring, and vegetation mapping, as well as programs
which focus on human impact on small landscape units, such as exotic species
management, monitoring impacts of roads and trails, and restoring disturbed
sites.
Access Constraints none
Use Constraints none
Data Set Progress
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Originating Center
Data Center
Biological Resources of Alaska, Alaska Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior Supplemental Info
Data Center URL: http://alaska.usgs.gov/science/biology/index.php

Data Center Personnel
Name: ROSEANN DENSMORE
Phone: 907 786-3916
Fax: 907 786-3636
Email: roseann_densmore at usgs.gov
Contact Address:
US Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Alaska
Biological Science Center
1011 E. Tudor Road
City: Anchorage
Province or State: AK
Postal Code: 99503
Country: USA
Personnel
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: 907 786-3916
Fax: 907 786-3636
Email: roseann_densmore at usgs.gov
Contact Address:
US Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Alaska
Biological Science Center
1011 E. Tudor Road
City: Anchorage
Province or State: AK
Postal Code: 99503
Country: USA
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Publications/References
Citation Information: Originator: Roseann Densmore, Karin Alstead, Leah Sansone,
Mary Beth Cook, Phyllis Adams Publication Date: 1997 Title: Inventory and
Monitoring Project Vegetation Protocol Denali National Park and Preserve
Publication Information: Publication Place: Anchorage, AK Publisher: U.S.
Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Alaska Biological Science
Center
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Creation and Review Dates
Last DIF Revision Date: 2013-10-18
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