Climatic and Soil Temperature Observations at Atkasook on the Meade River, Alaska, Summer 1975.
COLD REGIONS RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING LAB HANOVER N H
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Air temperatures measured during the summer of 1975 indicated that the Meade River site, 120 km south of Barrow, has a distinctly continental summer temperature pattern in comparison to Barrow, which is cooler and has a smaller daily temperature fluctuation. Stepwise multiple regression analysis between local climatic parameters and surface temperatures of several terrain types within cottongrass tussock sites and of a pond site at Meade River indicated a significant relationship between current and previous days air temperature and all of the near surface temperatures examined. Precipitation and pan evaporation were not significantly related to terrain surface temperatures. At the wet intensive study site, the warmest subsurface temperatures were measured in a shallow pond. Dry site temperatures were warmer and showed less variation with depth in comparison to wet site temperatures. Climatic observations will be continued at these sites over the next two summers. Author