Five years of land surface phenology in a large-scale flooding and draining manipulation in a coastal Arctic ecosystem [article]

Santonu Goswami, John A. Gamon, Sergio Vargas, Craig E. Tweedie
2017 bioRxiv   pre-print
This study was motivated by the knowledge gap for observing the complex interplay between surface hydrology and plant phenology in arctic landscapes and was conducted as part of a large scale, multi investigator flooding and draining experiment near Barrow, Alaska during 2005-2009. Hyperspectral reflectance data were collected in the visible to near IR region of the spectrum using a robotic tram system that operated along a 300m transects during the snow free growing period between June and
more » ... st, 2005-09. Interannual patterns of land-surface phenology (NDVI) unexpectedly lacked marked differences under experimental conditions. Measurement of NDVI was, however, compromised for presence of surface water. Land-surface phenology and surface water was negatively correlated, which held when scaled to a 2km by 2km MODIS subset of the study area. This result suggested that published findings of greening of the Arctic may relate to a 'drying of the Arctic' i.e. reduced surface water in vegetated high-latitude landscapes where surface water is close to ground level.
doi:10.1101/146662 fatcat:rpjqcdpahzhhfkdr3frhdcjnqq