Progress and Accomplishments

Coincident Above- and Below-Ground Autonomous Monitoring Strategy: Development and Use to Monitor Arctic Ecosystem Freeze-Thaw Dynamics

Soil moisture and thaw thickness strongly influence vegetation, and can serve as a proxy for vegetation greenness (and vice versa) during the growing season.

Methane Oxidation in Degraded Polygonal Tundra

Significant methane oxidation activity was observed in incubations of flat-centered polygon transitional soil and permafrost layers, which also exhibited high levels of methane production activity under anoxic conditions.

Susan Hubbard Selected as the 2016 Hal Mooney Award Recipient

The Hal Mooney Award recognizes an individual for extraordinary near-surface geophysical scientific achievements and community service.

Geomorphological and Geochemistry Changes in Permafrost after Wildfire in Kougarok, Seward Peninsula, Alaska

An event of permafrost degradation and recovery after a disturbance by 2002 Kougarok wildfire was discussed from long-term monitoring and permafrost core analysis on the central Seward Peninsula.

LBNL Researchers Evaluate Methane Production, Oxidation, and Emissions Across Polygon Tundra Gradients

In an upcoming paper in Global Change Biology, LBNL researchers Lydia Smith Vaughn, Mark Conrad, Markus Bill, and Margaret Torn present results of a two-year field methane study in the Barrow Environmental Observatory.

Demonstration of CLM-PFLOTRAN Coupling Lays a Foundation for Biogeochemistry Simulation Across Scales

An implicit time-stepping model for decomposition, nitrification, denitrification, and plant nutrient uptake was implemented in the Community Land Model (CLM), the land ecosystem component of a coupled Earth System Model.

A Generic Law-of-the-Minimum Flux Limiter for Simulating Substrate Limitation in Biogeochemical Models

Complex biogeochemical networks that include many biotic and abiotic processes can be limited by different substrates under different conditions during their temporal evolution.

Uncovering Labile Soil Organic Matter Degradation Pathways in Polygonal Tundra

Permafrost thaw and climate warming accelerates frozen soil organic carbon (SOC) degradation and emission of greenhouse gases, but what specific degradation pathways for labile SOC occur prior to CH4 and CO2 production are not well understood.

New Website for NGEE Arctic

The NGEE Arctic website, to be released later in April, will have a new look and feel moving from an unsupported Drupal 6 into Drupal 7.

NGEE Arctic Data Management Team Working with NGEE Tropics

The ORNL NGEE Arctic Data Management Team (DMT) is lending expertise and tools deployed for the NGEE Arctic data effort to the NGEE Tropics project. The DMT has deployed a multi-faceted system for NGEE Arctic comprised of the On-line Metadata Editor (OME)