ABoVE: Characterization of Carbon Dynamics in Burned Forest Plots, NWT, Canada, 2014

  • Xanthe J. Walker (Contributor)
  • Jennifer L. Baltzer (Contributor)
  • Steven G. Cumming (Contributor)
  • Nicola J. Day (Contributor)
  • Scott Goetz (Contributor)
  • Jill Johnstone (Contributor)
  • Stefano Potter (Contributor)
  • Brendan M. Rogers (Contributor)
  • Ted Schuur (Contributor)
  • Merritt R. Turetsky (Contributor)
  • Michelle Mack (Contributor)
  • W. LAURIER (Creator)



This dataset provides field data from boreal forests in the Northwest Territories (NWT), Canada, that were burned by wildfires in 2014. During fieldwork in 2015, 211 burned plots were established. From these plots, thirty-two forest plots were selected that were dominated by black spruce and were representative of the full moisture gradient across the landscape, ranging from xeric to sub-hygric. Plot observations included slope, aspect, and moisture. At each plot, one intact organic soil profile associated with a specific burn depth was selected and analyzed for carbon content and radiocarbon (14C) values at specific profile depth increments to assess legacy carbon presence and combustion. Vegetation observations included tree density. Stand age at the time of the fire was determined from tree-ring counts. Estimates of pre-fire below and aboveground carbon pools were derived. The percent of total NWT wildfire burned area comprising of "young" stands (less than 60 years old at time of fire) was estimated.
Date made available2019
PublisherORNL Distributed Active Archive Center

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