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Catchment scale observations at the Niwot Ridge Long-Term Ecological Research site
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  • Nels Bjarke,
  • Ben Livneh,
  • Sarah Elmendorf,
  • Noah Molotch,
  • Eve-Lyn Hinckley,
  • Nancy Emery,
  • Pieter Johnson,
  • Katherine Suding
Nels Bjarke
University of Colorado Boulder
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Ben Livneh
University of Colorado at Boulder
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Sarah Elmendorf
University of Colorado at Boulder
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Noah Molotch
University of Colorado at Boulder
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Eve-Lyn Hinckley
University of Colorado at Boulder
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Nancy Emery
University of Colorado at Boulder
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Pieter Johnson
University of Colorado at Boulder
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Katherine Suding
University of Colorado at Boulder
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Abstract

The Niwot Ridge and Green Lakes Valley (NWT) long-term ecological research (LTER) site collects environmental observations spanning both alpine and subalpine regimes. The first observations began in 1952 and have since expanded to nearly 300 available datasets over an area of 99 km2 within the north-central Colorado Rocky Mountains that include hydrological (n = 101), biological (n = 79), biogeochemical (n = 62), and geographical (n = 56) observations. The NWT LTER database is well suited to support hydrologic investigations that require long-term and interdisciplinary data sets. Experimentation and data collection at the NWT LTER are designed to characterize ecological responses of high-mountain environments to changes in climate, nutrients, and water availability. In addition to the continuation of the many legacy NWT datasets, expansion of the breadth and utility of the NWT LTER database is driven by new initiatives including (a) a catchment-scale sensor network of soil moisture, temperature, humidity, and snow-depth observations to understand hydrologic connectivity and (b) snow-albedo alteration experiments using black carbon to evaluate the effects of snow-disappearance on ecosystems. Together, these observational and experimental datasets provide a substantial foundation for hydrologic studies seeking to understand and predict changes to catchment and local-scale process interactions.

Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

29 Sep 2020Submitted to Hydrological Processes
30 Sep 2020Submission Checks Completed
30 Sep 2020Assigned to Editor
30 Sep 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
06 Dec 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
27 Dec 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
30 Jan 20211st Revision Received
01 Feb 2021Submission Checks Completed
01 Feb 2021Assigned to Editor
01 Feb 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
13 Mar 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
05 Apr 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
25 Apr 20212nd Revision Received
26 Apr 2021Submission Checks Completed
26 Apr 2021Assigned to Editor
26 Apr 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
08 May 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
10 May 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
30 May 20213rd Revision Received
31 May 2021Submission Checks Completed
31 May 2021Assigned to Editor
31 May 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned