A Planning Workshop for a McMurdo Dry Valleys Terrestrial Observation Network
Entry ID: NSF-ANT12-41487

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Summary
Abstract: This award will support the participation of US scientists in an international planning workshop devoted to discussions of how to best facilitate and coordinate international efforts for terrestrial system studies at the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica. To date, various aspects of the different Dry Valley landscape features (lakes, soils, glaciers, streams) and their biota have been studied most intensively by US and New Zealand scientists, but these efforts could significantly improve their explanatory power if they were coordinated so as to reduce redundancy, decrease environmental degradation and, most importantly, produce comparable datasets. Additionally, many of the present environmental management programs are based on the past baseline composition and location of biotic communities. As these communities become rearranged across the valleys in the future there is interest in assessing whether today's management plans are adequate. To efficiently move these research programs forward for the McMurdo Dry Valleys requires a coordinated, interdisciplinary, long-term data monitoring and observation network. The ultimate objectives of the workshop are to: i) identify the optimal, complementary suites of measurements required to assess and address key processes associated with environmental change in Dry Valley ecosystems; ii) develop standards and protocols for gathering the most critical biotic and abiotic measurements associated with the key processes driving environmental change; iii) generate a draft data coordination and development plan that will maximize the utility of these data; iv) assess the effectiveness of current McMurdo Dry Valley ASMA (Antarctic Special Management Area) environmental protection guidelines.

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Description: NSF Award Abstract #1241487


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2012-06-01
Stop Date: 2013-05-31


Location Keywords
SOLID EARTH > MANTLE
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR


Science Keywords
AGRICULTURE >AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING >AGRICULTURAL EQUIPMENT    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
GEOSCIENTIFIC INFORMATION


Project
NSF/OPP >Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation    [Information]


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Data Center
Data Coordination Center, United States Antarctic Program    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://www.usap-data.org/
Dataset ID: NSF-ANT12-41487

Data Center Personnel
Name: ROBERT A. ARKO
Email: info at usap-data.org
Contact Address:
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
61 Route 9W
City: Palisades
Province or State: NY
Postal Code: 10964
Country: USA


Personnel
BYRON ADAMS
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Email: bjadams at byu.edu
Contact Address:
Brigham Young University
City: Provo
Province or State: UT
Postal Code: 84602
Country: US



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2012-07-06
Last DIF Revision Date: 2012-07-31

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