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BOREAS RSS-17 ERS-1 Images

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Data setBOREAS RSS-17 ERS-1 Images
Release date2000-01-27
ProjectBoreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study
Time Period1993-12-01 to 1995-08-31


The data cover a complete annual cycle at the BOREAS sites in Canada in 1994 and were obtained to detect shifts in radar backscatter related to varying environmental conditions. Two independent transitions corresponding to soil thaw and possible canopy thaw were revealed by the data. The results demonstrated that radar provides an ability to observe thaw transitions at the beginning of the growing season, which in turn helps constrain the length of the growing season.


Data set reference document


Newcomer, J. A., J. Nickeson, and J. Way. 2000. BOREAS RSS-17 ERS-1 Images. Data set. Available with restrictions from Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.A. [].

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Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study: The Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study was a large-scale international interdisciplinary experiment in the boreal forests of central Canada. Its focus was improving our understanding of the exchanges of radiative energy, sensible heat, water, CO2 and trace gases between the boreal forest and the lower atmosphere. A primary objective of BOREAS was to collect the data needed to improve computer simulation models of the important processes controlling these exchanges so that scientists can anticipate the effects of global change, principally altered temperature and precipitation patterns, on the biome.

Project data set list for Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study.

Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study has 3 available companion files.
  • two_d_ref.txt
  • site_ref.txt

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  • RSS17_ERS1_Image_Info.pdf
  • rss17_ers-1_image_info.lis
  • RSS17_ERS1_Image_Info.txt
  • restricted_readme
  • RSS17_ERS1_Image_Info.doc
  • rss17ers.def

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