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SPRUCE Microtopography of Experimental Plots Derived from Terrestrial Laser Scans Beginning in 2016
This dataset consists of maps and summaries of very high resolution (1 cm2) spatial data derived from terrestrial laser scans (TLS) characterizing the microtopography (hummocks and hollows) in 12 SPRUCE experimental plots from 2016-2018. The SPRUCE experiment is located in the S1-Bog of the Marcell Experimental Forest (MEF) near Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Additional data will be added through Summer 2021.
In the spring of each year, four TLS scans were taken per plot/enclosure and registered together to produce a single point cloud for each plot. Digital surface models (DSMs) were generated from the point clouds and clipped to the inside boundary of the boardwalk in each plot resulting in an approximately 9 x 9 m study area.
All other characterization data types were derived from plot DSMs (elevation), including: slope, concavity, index used for microform classification (Hollow Index), and microforms (hummocks and hollows) classified using three methodologies.
SPRUCE Photosynthesis and Respiration of Rhododendron groenlandicum and Chamaedaphne calyculata in SPRUCE Experimental Plots, 2016
This data set contains biochemical and physiological data collected between June 2016 and May 2017 on two ericaceous shrub species, Chamadaphne calyculata and Rhododendron groenlandicum, at the SPRUCE (Spruce and Peatland Responses under Changing Environments) experiment to assess the response of peatland ecosystems to increases in whole ecosystem temperatures and elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations.The SPRUCE experiment is located 40 km north of Grand Rapids, MN, in the USDA Forest Service Marcell Experimental Forest.
SPRUCE Ground Observations of Phenology in Experimental Plots, 2018
This data set consists of phenological transition dates, as derived from direct observations of vegetative and reproductive phenology recorded by a human observer, from the SPRUCE experiment during 2018, the third full year of whole-ecosystem warming (Hanson et al. 2017). Both spring and autumn phenological events are included.
Since April 2016, human observers have been directly tracking the phenology of both woody and herbaceous species on a weekly schedule within the SPRUCE experimental chambers. The observed date report here is the first survey date on which an event/phenophase was definitively observed.
SPRUCE Vegetation Phenology in Experimental Plots from Phenocam Imagery, 2015-2018
This dataset consists of PhenoCam data from the SPRUCE experiment from the beginning of whole ecosystem warming (Hanson et al. 2017) in August 2015 through March-31 of 2019, with start- and end-of-season phenological transition dates derived through the end of autumn 2018.
Digital cameras, or phenocams, installed in each SPRUCE enclosure track seasonal variation in vegetation “greenness”, a proxy for vegetation phenology and associated physiological activity. Three separate regions of interest (ROIs) were defined for each camera field of view, corresponding to different vegetation types and demarcating: Picea trees (vegetation type EN, for evergreen needleleaf); Larix trees (vegetation type DN, for deciduous needleleaf); and the mixed shrub layer (vegetation type SH).