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Earth System Science Data The Data Publishing Journal
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 8, 439-459, 2016
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23 Sep 2016
Biogeochemical data from terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in a periglacial catchment, West Greenland
Tobias Lindborg1,2, Johan Rydberg3, Mats Tröjbom4, Sten Berglund5, Emma Johansson1,6, Anders Löfgren7, Peter Saetre1, Sara Nordén1, Gustav Sohlenius8, Eva Andersson1, Johannes Petrone1, Micke Borgiel9, Ulrik Kautsky1, and Hjalmar Laudon2 1Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Co. (SKB), P.O. Box 250, 101 24 Stockholm, Sweden
2Department of Forest Ecology and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, 901 83 Umeå, Sweden
3Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Umeå University, 901 87 Umeå, Sweden
4Mats Tröjbom Konsult AB, Slänningevägen 28, 761 72 Norrtälje, Sweden
5HydroResearch AB, Stora Marknadsvägen 15, 183 34 Täby, Sweden
6Department of Physical Geography, Bert Bolin Centre for Climate Research, Stockholm University, 106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
7EcoAnalytica, Slalomvägen 28, 129 49 Hägersten, Sweden
8Geological Survey of Sweden (SGU), P.O. Box 670, 751 28 Uppsala, Sweden
9Sveriges Vattenekologer AB, Marsjö Hvilan, 643 94 Vingåker, Sweden
Abstract. Global warming is expected to be most pronounced in the Arctic where permafrost thaw and release of old carbon may provide an important feedback mechanism to the climate system. To better understand and predict climate effects and feedbacks on the cycling of elements within and between ecosystems in northern latitude landscapes, a thorough understanding of the processes related to transport and cycling of elements is required. A fundamental requirement to reach a better process understanding is to have access to high-quality empirical data on chemical concentrations and biotic properties for a wide range of ecosystem domains and functional units (abiotic and biotic pools). The aim of this study is therefore to make one of the most extensive field data sets from a periglacial catchment readily available that can be used both to describe present-day periglacial processes and to improve predictions of the future. Here we present the sampling and analytical methods, field and laboratory equipment and the resulting biogeochemical data from a state-of-the-art whole-ecosystem investigation of the terrestrial and aquatic parts of a lake catchment in the Kangerlussuaq region, West Greenland. This data set allows for the calculation of whole-ecosystem mass balance budgets for a long list of elements, including carbon, nutrients and major and trace metals. The data set is freely available and can be downloaded from PANGAEA: doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.860961.

Citation: Lindborg, T., Rydberg, J., Tröjbom, M., Berglund, S., Johansson, E., Löfgren, A., Saetre, P., Nordén, S., Sohlenius, G., Andersson, E., Petrone, J., Borgiel, M., Kautsky, U., and Laudon, H.: Biogeochemical data from terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems in a periglacial catchment, West Greenland, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 8, 439-459,, 2016.
Short summary
This paper presents a biogeochemical and ecological data set from the Kangerlussuaq region, western Greenland. The data set is used to conceptualize and model terrestrial and limnic ecosystems as well as the land–lake linkage. Both biotic and abiotic data is presented and will be used for biogeochemical mass-balance and transport calculations. The data set constitutes an important source in order to understand and describe accumulation and flow of matter within periglacial landscapes.
This paper presents a biogeochemical and ecological data set from the Kangerlussuaq region,...