Location: 68.51351 N 161.53115 E Elevation: 16 masl Established: 1989

Facility Operations Contact:
Colin Edgar | cedgar3@alaska.edu |
Sergey Zimov | sazimov55@mail.ru | 7-41157-2-30-13

Facility Research Contact:
Syndonia Bret-Harte | msbretharte@alaska.edu |
Sergey Zimov | sazimov55@mail.ru | 7-41157-2-30-13

Mission: Pleistocene Park is a significant area of scientific study in the Cherskii region. Their mission statement reads: "The primary scientific goal is to determine more precisely the role that Pleistocene animals played in maintaining their own ecosystem. However, we also suspect that by learning how to preserve and extend Pleistocene-like grasslands in the northern latitudes, we could subsequently develop means for mitigating both the progress and effects of global warming. The amount of carbon now sequestered in soils of the former mammoth ecosystem, and that could end up as greenhouse gases if released into the atmosphere by rising global temperatures, surpasses the total carbon content of all of the planet's rain forests." Science 6 May 2005: Vol. 308 no. 5723 pp. 796-798 DOI: 0.1126/science.1113442

Facility and Environs: This territory in the Republic of Yakutia is roughly an even split of meadow, larch forest, and willow shrubland. This Siberian region could become the venue for a reconstituted ecosystem that vanished 10,000 years ago. The 35m tower located in Pleistocene Park (68.51351°N, 161.53115°E, elev. 16m, about 20 km south of Cherskiy), is currently measuring fluxes of carbon dioxide, methane, water vapor and energy as well as other meteorological variables. In partnership with NOAA, methane fluxes are being measured with fast response analyzer. This data will contribute to the Global Monitoring Division of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory as part of a global greenhouse monitoring network, providing long-term observations for improved understanding Arctic methane emissions and the global carbon cycle.

Platform(s):
35-m Flux Tower