Missing pieces to modeling the Arctic-Boreal puzzle

Joshua B. Fisher, Daniel J. Hayes, Christopher R. Schwalm, Deborah N. Huntzinger, Eric Stofferahn, Kevin Schaefer, Yiqi Luo, Stan D. Wullschleger, Scott Goetz, Charles E. Miller, Peter Griffith, Sarah Chadburn, Abhishek Chatterjee, Philippe Ciais, Thomas A. Douglas, Héléne Genet, Akihiko Ito, Christopher S.R. Neigh, Benjamin Poulter, Brendan M. RogersOliver Sonnentag, Hanqin Tian, Weile Wang, Yongkang Xue, Zong Liang Yang, Ning Zeng, Zhen Zhang

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NASA has launched the decade-long Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE). While the initial phases focus on field and airborne data collection, early integration with modeling activities is important to benefit future modeling syntheses. We compiled feedback from ecosystem modeling teams on key data needs, which encompass carbon biogeochemistry, vegetation, permafrost, hydrology, and disturbance dynamics. A suite of variables was identified as part of this activity with a critical requirement that they are collected concurrently and representatively over space and time. Individual projects in ABoVE may not capture all these needs, and thus there is both demand and opportunity for the augmentation of field observations, and synthesis of the observations that are collected, to ensure that science questions and integrated modeling activities are successfully implemented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number020202
JournalEnvironmental Research Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2018


  • ABoVE
  • arctic
  • arctic boreal vulnerability experiment
  • boreal
  • model
  • requirements
  • uncertainty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • General Environmental Science
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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