NGEE Arctic Tram: Overview of Tram-mounted Instruments, Co-located Data, Measurement Position, Elevation and Polygon Characterization, Utqiagvik (Barrow), Alaska, 2014-2018

DOI: 10.5440/1558782
NGEE Arctic Record ID: NGA177


The NGEE-Arctic Tram operated from 2014 - 2018. It was installed on the Barrow Environmental Observatory in Barrow, Alaska in late May of 2014 and operated through mid-November 2014. The subsequent 2015 through 2018 years followed a similar schedule, but with different deployment dates and data gaps, with the goal always to capture the surface dynamics of the snow melt, growing, and freeze-up seasons. This Tram overview dataset has three objectives: (1) provide new data users with a brief description of the Tram system and its research purposes; (2) provide generally useful Tram site characterization details, including measurement position ground surface elevation, characteristics of the Arctic polygonal tundra under the Tram, vegetation community composition (future), and derived image products; and (3) reference all of the data products and archived datasets that were collected with the Tram-mounted sensors and co-located instruments. This overview dataset will be updated as new Tram products become available. This dataset contains two csv files, two zipped files, one tif file, and one pdf file.

The Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments: Arctic (NGEE Arctic), was a research effort to reduce uncertainty in Earth System Models by developing a predictive understanding of carbon-rich Arctic ecosystems and feedbacks to climate. NGEE Arctic was supported by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research.

The NGEE Arctic project had two field research sites: 1) located within the Arctic polygonal tundra coastal region on the Barrow Environmental Observatory (BEO) and the North Slope near Utqiagvik (Barrow), Alaska and 2) multiple areas on the discontinuous permafrost region of the Seward Peninsula north of Nome, Alaska.

Through observations, experiments, and synthesis with existing datasets, NGEE Arctic provided an enhanced knowledge base for multi-scale modeling and contributed to improved process representation at global pan-Arctic scales within the Department of Energy's Earth system Model (the Energy Exascale Earth System Model, or E3SM), and specifically within the E3SM Land Model component (ELM).

Dataset Citation

Margaret Torn, Baptiste Dafflon, Sigrid Dengel, Bryan Curtis, Oriana Chafe, Andrew Moyes, Shawn Serbin, Keith Lewin, Amy Breen, Terri Velliquette, Les Hook, Stan Wullschleger. 2019. NGEE Arctic Tram: Overview of Tram-mounted Instruments, Co-located Data, Measurement Position, Elevation and Polygon Characterization, Utqiagvik (Barrow), Alaska, 2014-2018. Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments Arctic Data Collection, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA. Dataset accessed on [INSERT_DATE] at


20140525 - 20181108

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NGEE Arctic Utqiagvik (Barrow), Alaska

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Place Keywords:

Utqiagvik, Alaska; North Slope, Alaska; Barrow Environmental Observatory; BEO; Barrow, Alaska

Subject Keywords:

vegetation, plant communities, topography, elevation, microtopography,

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