Accession Number : ADA137441

Title :   U.S. Tundra Biome-International Biological Program. U.S. Tundra Biome Publication List.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : COLD REGIONS RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING LAB HANOVER NH

Personal Author(s) : Brown, J ; Liston, N ; Murphy, D ; Watts, J

PDF Url : ADA137441

Report Date : Sep 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 31

Abstract : The U.S. Tundra Biome program, a part of the Ecosystem Analysis Studies of the U.S. International Biological Program, was divided into three phases: (1) Pre-Biome planning and initiation of field activities (1968-1970); (2) Formal field activities (1971-1973); (3) Post-field-activity period (1974-1980). The pre-Biome phase included planning workshops, participating in international meetings, and organizing of existing data bases. This phase started informally in the late 1960s and included the 1970 field season. Three general objectives were formulated that governed the development of the program: (1) to develop a predictive understanding of how the tundra system operates, particularly as exemplified by the wet coastal tundra of northern Alaska; (2) to obtain the necessary data base from a variety of cold-dominated ecosystems represented in the United States so that their behavior could be modeled and simulated and the results compared with similar studies underway in other circumpolar countries; and (3) to bring basic environmental knowledge to bear on problems of degradation, maintenance, and restoration of the temperature-sensitive and cold-dominated tundra and taiga ecosystems.

Descriptors :   *ECOSYSTEMS, *TUNDRA, INTERNATIONAL, PLANNING, WORKSHOPS, ALASKA, REPORTS

Subject Categories : Ecology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE