NASA Terrestrial Ecology Boreal Ecosystems-Atmospheric Study (BOREAS)

Tom Gower's (University of Wisconsin, Madison ) measurement team at the Northern Study Area weighing an aspen bole section to obtain allometric biomass relations.

The Boreal Ecosystems Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) was a large scale, international investigation, conducted in the 1990's, focused on 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.

To find out more about the BOREAS project, available data, and scientific results, visit: http://daac.ornl.gov/BOREAS/bhs/BOREAS_Home.html

Photo courtesy of Tom Gower