Environmental protection, management and classification of terrestrial ecosystems in the Ross Sea Region
Entry ID: K123_2010_2012_NZ_3

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Summary
Abstract: Soil samples from a diverse range of soil types have been collected from the Wright and Victoria Valley Systems, to determine whether soil distribution patterns aid prediction of microbial abundance and diversity. The research develops an environmental classification for terrestrial ecosystems of Ross Sea region. The classification includes associated data and models and is underpinned by new knowledge on soil distribution, climate and microbial diversity and/or abundance. Soil samples of varying development from friable rock surfaces to sediment, all containing macroscopically visible biological growths: lichens, algae including cyanobacteria, and putative moss. These samples will be used for taxonomic investigation, requiring direct examination, culturing, ultra structural study and molecular genetic analysis. Results will be used to document the diversity of Victoria Land and for information on the provenance of propagules found in soils in which life is not visible to the unaided eye.

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Geographic Coverage
 N: -77.32796 S: -77.44644  E: 160.937  W: 162.40018
 Min Altitude: 371  Max Altitude: 913
 N: -83.14 S: -85.25  E: 171.55  W: 157.38
 Min Altitude: 222  Max Altitude: 2183  Min Depth: 0.02  Max Depth: 1.0
 N: -77.41661 S: -77.56752  E: 160.72768  W: 162.68245
 Min Depth: 0  Max Depth: 0.3
 N: -77.44523 S: -77.57142  E: 162.5993  W: 160.7291
 Min Altitude: 80  Max Altitude: 1200  Min Depth: 0  Max Depth: 0.05

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2011-12-25
Stop Date: 2012-01-23

Start Date: 2010-12-21
Stop Date: 2011-01-10


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR


Science Keywords
AGRICULTURE >SOILS >PERMAFROST    [Definition]
AGRICULTURE >SOILS >SOIL STRUCTURE    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >SOILS >SOIL CLASSIFICATION    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >SOILS >SOIL CONSISTENCE    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >SOILS >SOIL DEPTH    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >SOILS >SOIL HORIZONS/PROFILE    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >SOILS >SOIL TEXTURE    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >FROZEN GROUND >ACTIVE LAYER    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >FROZEN GROUND >CRYOSOLS    [Definition]
CRYOSPHERE >FROZEN GROUND >PERMAFROST    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >FROZEN GROUND >PERMAFROST    [Definition]
AGRICULTURE >SOILS >MICROFAUNA    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >SOILS >MICROFLORA    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >BACTERIA/ARCHAEA >CYANOBACTERIA (BLUE-GREEN ALGAE)    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >FUNGI >LICHENS    [Definition]
BIOSPHERE >AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS >BENTHIC HABITAT    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
BIOTA
ELEVATION
ENVIRONMENT
GEOSCIENTIFIC INFORMATION


Platform
FIELD SURVEYS    [Information]
GROUND-BASED OBSERVATIONS    [Information]
FIELD INVESTIGATION    [Information]


Project
LGP >Latitudinal Gradient Project    [Information]
EBA >Evolution and Biodiversity in the Antarctic    [Information]
ANTPAS >Antarctic Permafrost and Soils    [Information]


Quality
University of Waikato and Landcare Research MAF transition facilities (samples). Data is with University of Waikato
Samples to remain in Landcare Research and university of Waikato MAF Transitions facilities. Data to be added into Landcare Research soils database and environmental domains GIS.


Data Set Progress
IN WORK


Data Center
Antarctica New Zealand, New Zealand Antarctic Institute, New Zealand    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.antarcticanz.govt.nz/

Data Center Personnel
Name: CAROLINE MACLAURIN
Phone: (03) 358 0200
Fax: (03) 358 0211
Email: c.maclaurin at antarcticanz.govt.nz
Contact Address:
Antarctica New Zealand
Private Bag 4745
City: Christchurch 8140
Country: New Zealand


Personnel
JACKIE AISLABIE
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: +64 7 858 3713
Fax: +64 7 858 4964
Email: aislabiej at landcareresearch.co.nz
Contact Address:
Landcare Research New Zealand Ltd
Private Bag 3127
City: Hamilton
Country: New Zealand


CAROLINE MACLAURIN
Role: DIF AUTHOR
Phone: (03) 358 0200
Fax: (03) 358 0211
Email: c.maclaurin at antarcticanz.govt.nz
Contact Address:
Antarctica New Zealand
Private Bag 4745
City: Christchurch 8140
Country: New Zealand



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2012-05-30
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-05-31

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