The Niwot Ridge snow fence experiment: biogeochemical responses to changes in the seasonal snowpack

P. D. Brooks, M. W. Williams, D. A. Walker, S. K. Schmidt

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Abstract

We have implemented a long-term snow fence experiment at the Niwot Ridge Long-Term Ecological Research site in the Colorado Front Range to assess the effects of climate change on alpine ecology and biogeochemical cycles. The deeper and earlier snowpack behind the fence insulated soils from extreme air temperatures resulting in a 9°C increase in minimum soil surface temperatures, and a 12°C increase in minimum soil temperatures at a depth of 15 cm. Carbon dioxide production under the deeper, earlier snowpack after construction of the fence was 55% greater than production before construction of the fence. The loss of CO2 from snow-covered soils was approximately 20% of aboveground primary production before and 31% after construction of the fence. -from Authors

LanguageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiogeochemistry of seasonally snow-covered catchments. Proc. sympoisum, Boulder, 1995
EditorsK.A. Tonnessen, M.W. Williams, M. Tranter
PublisherIAHS; Publication, 228
Pages293-302
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

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Brooks, P. D., Williams, M. W., Walker, D. A., & Schmidt, S. K. (1995). The Niwot Ridge snow fence experiment: biogeochemical responses to changes in the seasonal snowpack. In K. A. Tonnessen, M. W. Williams, & M. Tranter (Eds.), Biogeochemistry of seasonally snow-covered catchments. Proc. sympoisum, Boulder, 1995 (pp. 293-302). IAHS; Publication, 228.

The Niwot Ridge snow fence experiment : biogeochemical responses to changes in the seasonal snowpack. / Brooks, P. D.; Williams, M. W.; Walker, D. A.; Schmidt, S. K.

Biogeochemistry of seasonally snow-covered catchments. Proc. sympoisum, Boulder, 1995. ed. / K.A. Tonnessen; M.W. Williams; M. Tranter. IAHS; Publication, 228, 1995. p. 293-302.

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Brooks, PD, Williams, MW, Walker, DA & Schmidt, SK 1995, The Niwot Ridge snow fence experiment: biogeochemical responses to changes in the seasonal snowpack. in KA Tonnessen, MW Williams & M Tranter (eds), Biogeochemistry of seasonally snow-covered catchments. Proc. sympoisum, Boulder, 1995. IAHS; Publication, 228, pp. 293-302.
Brooks PD, Williams MW, Walker DA, Schmidt SK. The Niwot Ridge snow fence experiment: biogeochemical responses to changes in the seasonal snowpack. In Tonnessen KA, Williams MW, Tranter M, editors, Biogeochemistry of seasonally snow-covered catchments. Proc. sympoisum, Boulder, 1995. IAHS; Publication, 228. 1995. p. 293-302.
Brooks, P. D. ; Williams, M. W. ; Walker, D. A. ; Schmidt, S. K./ The Niwot Ridge snow fence experiment : biogeochemical responses to changes in the seasonal snowpack. Biogeochemistry of seasonally snow-covered catchments. Proc. sympoisum, Boulder, 1995. editor / K.A. Tonnessen ; M.W. Williams ; M. Tranter. IAHS; Publication, 228, 1995. pp. 293-302
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