I’ve spent 5 weeks here in Healy, AK. at the University of Florida Schuur Lab Research Site. Time has gone by quickly. As you can see…little has changed.
This last week was supposed to have been spent setting up CiPEHR for summer season data collection. However, winter has decided to stick around awhile. We did manage to pull the solar panels, computers that run the chambers, air compressors and pneumatic lines out of storage and set them up. We uncovered chambers at the On-site plots and prepared them for testing. The chambers we laid out at the front of the plots, connected them to the computers, pneumatic lines and compressors then tested them to make sure the doors opened automatically.
After shoveling the wooden walkways at the On-site plots three times we decided to just wait for winter to run its extended course.
The past few days we have continued data collection as well as replacing data cards in the loggers at the Eddy Tower as well as the On-plot and Off-plot Sites.
In addition, Kirsten, Elizabeth and John have been working at the cabin managing data. The data that has accumulated through the past season needs to be organized and put in a place other researchers from the Schuur Lab can access for additional and ongoing projects. Some initial analysis has been completed with tentative conclusions showing continue CO2 emissions overall from the warmed tundra.