BOREAS Northern Study Area (NSA)


BOREAS map BOREAS Southern Study Area (SSA) BOREAS Northern Study Area (NSA) Churchill, Manitoba

PADDOCKWOOD, Saskatchewan -- While participating in the Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) in 1994, I noticed a slight discrepancy between the goals and execution of the project. The project was to study to the boreal forests of northern Canada and their interactions with climate and biogeochemical cycles along a transect from the southern ecotone (boundary) with the North American prairie to the northern ecotone with the Arctic tundra.

The Northern Study Area (NSA), however, was established in the area surrounding Thompson, Manitoba. In reality, it was noswhere near the boreal forest-tundra ecotone. Nevertheless, it was a good bit farther north than the Southern Study Area (SSA), which actually was near an ecotone—the boreal forest-prairie ecotone. It met other requirements, such as easy road access (not something one can take for granted in northern Canada) and a good airport capable of handling larger aircraft used in photogrammetry and remote sensing experiments.

I arrived in Thompson from the SSA on July 26, but did not start work at the NSA immediately. Instead, I caught a train for Churchill—which was at the forest-tundra ecotone— the following night. I returned from Churchill on the 31st, and began sampling in the NSA on August 2. I finished my work there on August 10 and left the next day.

Thompson and its environs were fascinating, well worth the drive to the North Country. It is well worth another drive there some day.

NOTE ON THE MAP PROJECTION: The map above were produced using a Conformal Conic projection, which shows the surface of the Earth as if projected onto a cone. Conic projections are commonly used for mapping small portions of the Earth's surface. I give praise to Charles Culberson's excellent Versamap program which allows me to produce the base maps. They were shaded and annotated using Adobe Illustrator.


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Burned site
Burned site
Treed rock
Treed rock
Treed rock
Treed rock
Treed rock
Vast forest
Vast forest
Flying over Thompson
Flying over Thompson
Flying over Thompson
Flying over Thompson
Flying over Thompson
Flying over Thompson
Flying over Thompson
Flying over Thompson
Flying over Thompson
Flying over Thompson
Flying over Thompson
Flying over Thompson
Flying over Thompson
Pisew Falls
Pisew Falls
Pisew Falls
Pisew Falls
Pisew Falls
Pisew Falls
Pisew Falls
Pisew Falls
Pisew Falls
Pisew Falls
Pisew Falls
Pisew Falls
Kira & Ormanda
Ormanda
Kira
Pisew Falls
Pisew Falls
Grass River
Grass River
NSA fen
NSA fen

NSA fen

NSA fen

Roadside fen
Roadside fen
 
 
 
 
 
 

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