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The BOREAS RSS-08 team performed research to evaluate the effect of seasonal weather and landcover heterogeneity on boreal forest regional water and carbon fluxes using a process level ecosystem model, BIOME-BGC, coupled with remote sensing-derived parameter maps of key state variables. This data set contains derived maps of landcover type and crown and stem biomass as model inputs to determine annual evapotranspiration, gross primary production, autotrophic respiration and net primary productivity within the BOREAS SSA-MSA, at a 30 m spatial resolution. Model runs were conducted over a 3 year period from 1994-1996, images are provided for each of those years.

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Data Citation

Cite this data set as follows:

Kimball, J. S. 1999. BOREAS RSS-08 BIOME-BGC SSA Simulations of Annual Water and Carbon Fluxes. Data set. Available on-line [] from Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.A.


Kimball, J. S., P. E. Thornton, M. A. White and S. W. Running, Simulating forest productivity and surface-atmosphere carbon exchange in the BOREAS study region, Tree Physiol., 17, 589-599, 1997a.

Kimball, J. S., S. W. Running and S. S. Saatchi, Sensitivity of boreal forest regional water flux and net primary production simulations to sub-grid scale landcover complexity, J. Geophys. Res., (submitted, 1998).

Kimball, J. S., M. A. White and S. W. Running, BIOME-BGC simulations of stand hydrologic processes for BOREAS, J. Geophys. Res., 102(D24), 29043-29051, 1997b.

Lavigne, M. B. and M. G. Ryan, Growth and maintenance respiration rates of aspen, black spruce and jack pine stems at northern and southern BOREAS sites, Tree Physiol., 17, 543-551, 1997.

Running, S. W. and R. E. Hunt, Generalization of a forest ecosystem process model for other biomes, BIOME-BGC, and an application for global-scale models, in Scaling Physiologic Processes: Leaf to Globe, edited by J. R. Ehleringer and C. B. Field, Academic Press, San Diego, CA, 1993.

Sellers, P. and F. Hall. 1994. Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study: Experiment Plan. Version 1994-3.0, NASA BOREAS Report (EXPLAN 94).

Sellers, P.and F. Hall. 1996. Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study: Experiment Plan. Version 1996-2.0, NASA BOREAS Report (EXPLAN 96).

Sellers, P., F. Hall, and K.F. Huemmrich. 1996. Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study: 1994 Operations. NASA BOREAS Report (OPS DOC 94).

Sellers, P., F. Hall, and K.F. Huemmrich. 1997. Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study: 1996 Operations. NASA BOREAS Report (OPS DOC 96).

Sellers, P., F. Hall, H. Margolis, B. Kelly, D. Baldocchi, G. den Hartog, J. Cihlar, M.G. Ryan, B. Goodison, P. Crill, K.J. Ranson, D. Lettenmaier, and D.E. Wickland. 1995. The boreal ecosystem-atmosphere study (BOREAS): an overview and early results from the 1994 field year. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 76(9):1549-1577.

Sellers, P.J., F.G. Hall, R.D. Kelly, A. Black, D. Baldocchi, J. Berry, M. Ryan, K.J. Ranson, P.M. Crill, D.P. Lettenmaier, H. Margolis, J. Cihlar, J. Newcomer, D. Fitzjarrald, P.G. Jarvis, S.T. Gower, D. Halliwell, D. Williams, B. Goodison, D.E. Wickland, and F.E. Guertin. (1997). "BOREAS in 1997: Experiment Overview, Scientific Results and Future Directions", Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR), BOREAS Special Issue, 102(D24), Dec. 1997, pp. 28731-28770.

Thornton, P. E., S. W. Running, and M. A. White, Generating surfaces of daily meteorological variables over large regions of complex terrain, J. Hydrol., 190, 214-251, 1997.

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19-Mar-1999 (data citation revised on 26-Sep-2002)

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