Covering Greenhouses and TerrestrialPertaining to land. LTER
Toolik Field Station, North Slope, AK
June 12, 2019
Photo of the Day:
Today was a bit of a change-up, as I was able to tag along with one of the terrestrial long-term ecological research (LTER) teams to help them cover greenhouses on the hill just south of Toolik Field Station.
Greenhouses are installed in certain areas every summer in order to create a warmer environment for growing tundra plants. Researchers are then able to then compare plant growth efficacy in warmer vs. cooler habitats (inside greenhouse vs. outside greenhouse) to better predict the effects of warming climate on the vegetation of the Arctic.
I worked today with Jim Laundre (Senior Research Assistant), Ruby An (Research Assistant), and Nicole Williamson (Graduate Student). They are part of a team led by Dr. Laura Gough, out of Towson University. They had already done most of the work, in terms of setting up the greenhouse frames and placing the polyethylene sheets, so the covering process moved along quite quickly. It was a great afternoon, wonderful weather for being outside.
Here's a photographic timeline: