Skip to main content

DAAC Home > Get Data > NASA Projects > Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) > User guide
Get Data


The BOREAS TE-08 team collected in-lab spectral reflectance data for aspen bark and leaves from three sites within the BOREAS SSA from 24-May-1994 to 16-Jun-1994 (IFC 1), 19-Jul-1994 to 08-Aug-1994 (IFC 2), and 30-Aug-1994 to 19-Sep-1994 (IFC 3). One to nine trees from each site were sampled during the three IFCs. Each tree was sampled in five different locations for bark spectral properties: BS, US, BR, BT, and BO. Additionally, a limited number of LV were collected. Bark samples were removed from the stem of the tree and placed in ziplock bags for transport to UNH, where they were scanned with a spectroradiometer in a controlled environment. Each sample was scanned twice: the first set of measurements was made with the bark surface moistened, and the second set was made with the bark surface air-dried for a period of 30 minutes. These data represent continuous spectra of bark reflectance. Each sample was scanned three times, rotating the sample when possible. The reported values for each sample are an average over the three scans.

A guide document which includes more information about this data set can be found at

ORNL DAAC maintains information on the entire BOREAS Project.

Data Citation

Cite this data set as follows:

Spencer, S., and B. N. Rock. 1999. BOREAS TE-08 Aspen Bark Spectral Reflectance Data. Data set. Available on-line [] from Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.A.


Rock, B.N. et al. High-spectral resolution field and laboratory optical reflectance measurements of red spruce and eastern hemlock needles and branches. 1994. Remote Sensing of Environment. 47:176-189.

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. Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS): an overview and early results from the 1994 field year. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. V76: 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 102 (D24): 28,731-28,770.

Spencer, S.L. 1996. Anatomical, Pigment, and Spectral Evidence of Cortical Photosynthesis in Populus tremuloides from the Canadian Boreal Region. Master's Thesis, Dept. Nat. Res., University of New Hampshire, 186 pp.

Spencer, S.L. and B.N. Rock. 1996. Assessing aspen bark carbon assimilation in the boreal region. In Proceedings of 22nd Conference on Agricultural and Forest Meteorology with Symposium on Fire and Forest Meteorology. 28 January-2 February, 1996, Atlanta, Georgia. American Meteorological Society, pp:86-89.

Vogelmann, J.E., B.N. Rock, and D.M. Moss. 1993. Red edge spectral measurements from sugar maple leaves. Int. J.R.S. 14(8):1563-1575.

Williams, D.L. and F.M. Woods. 1987. A Transportable Hemispherical Illumination System For Making Reflectance Factor Measurements. Remote Sensing of Environment. 23:131-140.

Data Format:

For information on Parameter/Variable Names, Variable Description/Definition, Units of Measurement, and Data File Format see this companion file

Document Information:

8-Apr-1999 (data citation revised on 25-Sep-2002)

Document Review Date:


Document Curator:

Document URL: