BOREAS Expedition, July-August 1994


I participated in the Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS) in 1994. 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.

BOREAS sites had been established near the southern ecotone in the area near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan -- our base was in a town called Paddockwood. This was known as the Southern Study Area (SSA). The Northern Study Area (NSA) was in the area surrounding Thompson, Manitoba, which was nowhere near the northern ecotone, but I unilaterally extended it to Churchill, Manitoba, which was along the northern ecotone of the boreal forest.

Only three sets of photos from this expedition are linked to from this page:

  1. Southern Study Area (SSA) near Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan
  2. Northern Study Area (NSA) near Thompson, Manitoba
  3. Churchill, Manitoba

Other sets of photos from the trip to the field sites or from the field sites will be posted elsewhere.

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


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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