General Site Information
Site ID:US-An1
Site Name:Anaktuvuk River Severe Burn
Tower Team: PI: Adrian Rocha <> - University of Notre Dame
PI: Gaius Shaver <> - Marine Biological Laboratory
PI: John Hobbie <> - Marine Biological Laboratory
Elevation (m):600
IGBP:OSH (Open Shrublands)
Data Products: AmeriFlux BASE Dataset
Data Availability: AmeriFlux BASE:   3 years (Duration: 2008 - 2010)
Data Downloads to Date: AmeriFlux BASE:   230 unique downloads
Data DOIs: AmeriFlux BASE DOI: 10.17190/AMF/1246142
Description:The Anaktuvuk River fire on the North Slope of Alaska started on July 16, 2007 by lightning. It continued until the end of September when nearby lakes had already frozen over and burned >256,000 acres, creating a mosaic of patches that differed in burn severity. The Anaktuvuk River Severe Burn, Moderate Burn, and Unburned sites are 40 km to the west of the nearest road and were selected in late May 2008 to determine the effects of the fire on carbon, water, and energy exchanges during the growing season. Because the fire had burned through September of the previous year, initial deployment of flux towers occurred prior to any significant vegetative regrowth, and our sampling campaign captured the full growing season in 2008. The Severe Burn site consisted of a large area in which all of the green vegetation were consumed in the fire and some of the organic matter had burnt to the mineral soil in many places. A bear damaged the tower during the last week of August 2008, and it was repaired shortly after.
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