SPRUCE Whole Ecosystems Warming (WEW) Environmental Data Beginning August 2015

This data set provides the environmental measurements collected during the implementation of operational methods to achieve both deep soil heating (0-3 m) and whole-ecosystem warming (WEW) appropriate to the scale of tall-stature, high-carbon, boreal forest peatlands. The methods were developed to allow scientists to provide a plausible set of ecosystem warming scenarios within which immediate and longer term (one decade) responses of organisms (microbes to trees) and ecosystem functions (carbon, water and nutrient cycles) could be measured. Elevated CO2 was also incorporated to test how temperature responses may be modified by atmospheric CO2 effects on carbon cycle processes. Data through 2020 now available.


Hanson PJ, Riggs JS, Nettles WR, Krassovski MB, Hook LA (2016) SPRUCE Whole Ecosystems Warming (WEW) Environmental Data Beginning August 2015. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TES SFA, U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.A. https://doi.org/10.3334/CDIAC/spruce.032

Diagram of the air warming enclosure, warm air flow pattern, and external wind inputs leading to a homogenized air envelope that surrounds the aboveground vegetation.