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Global Positioning System Ground Control Points Acquired 1993 for the Forest Ecosystem Dynamics Project Spatial Data ArchiveEntry ID: FED_GPS_1293
Abstract: Forest Ecosystem Dynamics (FED) Project Spatial Data Archive: Global Positioning System Ground Control Points and Field Site Locations from 1993
The Biospheric Sciences Branch (formerly Earth Resources Branch) within the Laboratory for Terrestrial Physics at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and associated University investigators are involved in a research program entitled Forest Ecosystem ... Dynamics (FED) which is fundamentally concerned with vegetation change of forest ecosystems at local to regional spatial scales (100 to 10,000 meters) and temporal scales ranging from monthly to decadal periods (10 to 100 years). The nature and extent of the impacts of these changes, as well as the feedbacks to global climate, may be addressed through modeling the interactions of the vegetation, soil, and energy components of the boreal ecosystem.
The Howland Forest research site lies within the Northern Experimental Forest of International Paper. The natural stands in this boreal-northern hardwood transitional forest consist of spruce-hemlock-fir, aspen-birch, and hemlock-hardwood mixtures. The topography of the region varies from flat to gently rolling, with a maximum elevation change of less than 68 m within 10 km. Due to the region's glacial history, soil drainage classes within a small area may vary widely, from well drained to poorly drained. Consequently, an elaborate patchwork of forest communities has developed, supporting exceptional local species diversity.
This data set is in ARC/INFO export format and contains Global Positioning Systems (GPS) ground control points in and around the International Paper Experimental Forest, Howland ME. A Trimble roving receiver placed on the top of the cab of a pick-up truck and leveled was used to collect position information at selected sites (road intersections) across the FED project study area. The field collected data was differentially corrected using base files measured by a Trimble Community Base Station. The Community Base Station is run by the Forestry Department at the University of Maine, Orono (UMO). The base station was surveyed by the Surveying Engineering Department at UMO using classical geodetic methods. Trimble software was used to produce coordinates in Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) WGS84. Coordinates were adjusted based on field notes. All points were collected during December 1993 and differentially corrected.
Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Darrel L. Williams
Dataset Title: Global Positioning System (GPS) Ground Control Points and Field Site Locations from 1993
Dataset Series Name: FED Project Home Page
Dataset Release Place: NASA/GSFC
Dataset Publisher: NASA/GSFC
Data Presentation Form: Map ImageOnline Resource: http://forest.gsfc.nasa.gov/howland/
Start Date: 1993-12-01Stop Date: 1993-12-31
Distribution Media: WWW
Distribution Format: ARC/INFO EXPORT, ASCII Table
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Accuracy of Handheld GPS Receivers. Unpublished Report.
Levine, E., K.J. Ranson, J.A. Smith, D.L. Williams, R.G. Knox,
H.H. Shugart, D.L. Urban, and W.T. Lawrence. 1993. Forest
ecosystem dynamics: linking forest succession, soil process and
radiation models. Ecological Modelling 65: 199-219.
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Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23