Snow and Vegetation Measurements from Selected Sites Near Council, Alaska, USA, 2000-2002
Entry ID: ARCSS119

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Abstract: 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, available via FTP, are in Excel format and include plots of the data and supplementary data information.
Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 64.94   S: 64.5   E: -163.65   W: -163.74

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Matthew Sturm
Dataset Title: Snow and Vegetation Measurements from Selected Sites near Council, Alaska, USA, 2000-2002
Dataset Release Date: 2005-08-01
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, CO
Dataset Publisher: National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2000-05-09
Stop Date: 2002-10-03
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Quality Snow Depth
The brush at the Bear Creek site was so dense that the researchers found it difficult to collect the 100 m line data. Thus, they did not collect data as often here. Furthermore, the Bear Creek site was flooded in 2002, forming an aufeis (new ice formed on top of old ice), which prevented snow depths from being recorded.
The 'long line' data--position (UTM meters) and snow ... View entire text
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Data Center
National Snow and Ice Data Center Supplemental Info
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Dataset ID: ARCSS119

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +1 (303) 492-6199
Fax: +1 (303) 492-2468
Email: nsidc at
Contact Address:
National Snow and Ice Data Center
University of Colorado
City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA
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Distribution Media: FTP
Distribution Size: 20 KB to 13.3 MB
Distribution Format: Microsoft Excel, TIFF, JPEG
Fees: None
Phone: +1 (907) 353-5183
Fax: +1 (907) 353-5142
Email: msturm at
Contact Address:
P.O. Box 35170
City: Ft. Wainwright
Province or State: AK
Postal Code: 99703-0170
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-08-03
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-05-11
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