Canadian Transect of Soils and Vegetation for the Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Map
Entry ID: ARCSS081

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Abstract: This report summarizes environmental, vegetation, and soil data collected from 116 releves along a 2000-km transect from Amund Ringnes, Axel Heiberg, and Ellesmere Islands in the northern Canadian Arctic to a site at the southern edge of the Canadian tundra. Data include sample site descriptions (e.g., thaw depths, aspect, and surficial geology); soil pH, chemistry, and texture; and vascular, bryophyte, and lichen species cover. Scientists involved in the Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Mapping (CAVM) project, with the help of undergraduate students enrolled in a University of Minnesota field course, conducted this north-south transect study of the Canadian Arctic to investigate large-scale climate-related variations in vegetation.
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Spatial coordinates   
  N: 80.0   S: 64.0   E: -85.0   W: -112.0
Min Altitude: 2 M Max Altitude: 200 M

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Grizelle Gonzalez, William A. Gould, and Martha K. Raynolds
Dataset Title: Canadian Transect of Soils and Vegetation for the Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Map
Dataset Release Date: 2002-01-01
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, CO USA
Dataset Publisher: National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)
Data Presentation Form: Table
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1999-07-19
Stop Date: 1999-09-11
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Dataset ID: ARCSS081

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Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
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Distribution Media: ftp
Distribution Size: 0.6 KB and 32 KB
Distribution Format: ASCII
Phone: 907-474-2460
Email: ffdaw at
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Institute of Arctic Biology
University of Alaska Fairbanks
City: Fairbanks
Province or State: AK
Postal Code: 99775-6780
Country: USA
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Gonzalez, G., W.A. Gould, and M.K. Raynolds. 2000. 1999 Canadian Transect for the Circumpolar Arctic Vegetation Map. Data report, Northern Ecosystem Analysis and Mapping Laboratory, Fairbanks, AK. Digital version available from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, Boulder, CO. Identifier no. ARCSS081.
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DIF Creation Date: 2002-01-18
Last DIF Revision Date: 2010-12-20
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