Data Set Citation:
When using this data, please cite the data package:
Uryu Experimental Forest, Hokkaido University.
Long-Term observation of snowpack and snowfall depth in Uryu Experimental Forest (UREF), northern Japan
JaLTER-Hokkaido-Kita.2.4 (http://db.cger.nies.go.jp/JaLTER/metacat/metacat/JaLTER-Hokkaido-Kita.2.4/jalter-en)
General Information:
Title:Long-Term observation of snowpack and snowfall depth in Uryu Experimental Forest (UREF), northern Japan
Identifier:JaLTER-Hokkaido-Kita.2.4
Abstract:
These are long-term observation of snowpack and snowfall depth at Uryu Experimental Forest, northern Japan from 1932 to 2012. The observation was conducted manually by technical staff of Uryu Experimental Forest, a core-site of Japan Long-Term Ecological Research Network. The snowpack depth from the ground and snowfall depth on the plate measured manually using the vertical scale at open space in front of headquarter office of Uryu Experimental Forest. Long-term decrease of the maximum snowpack depth and snowpack duration was reported in the following publication: Park JH, Duan L, Kim B, Mitchell MJ, Shibata H (2010) Potential Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Watershed Biogeochemical Processes and Water Quality in Northeast Asia. Environment International 36: 212-225. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2009.10.008; Makoto K, Kajimoto T, Koyama L, Kudo G, Shibata H, Yanai Y, Cornelissen JHC (2014) Winter climate change in plant–soil systems: summary of recent findings and future perspectives. Ecological Research (Online) DOI 10.1007/s11284-013-1115-0. General information of meteorological measurements can be found in the following report: Hokkaido University Forests (1990) Report of Meteorological Observation at Moshiri Station in Uryu Experimental Forest. Technical Report of Experimental Forest, Hokkaido University Forests (in Japanese)
Keywords:
  • Snowpack depth
  • Snowfall depth
  • JaLTER
  • Hydrology
  • Meteorology
Data Table, Image, and Other Data Details:
Metadata download: Ecological Metadata Language (EML) File
Data Table:Long-Term data of snowpack and snowfall ( View Metadata | Download File download)

Involved Parties

Data Set Owners:
Organization:Uryu Experimental Forest, Hokkaido University
Address:
Moshiri,
Horokanai, Hokkaido 074-0741 Japan
Phone:
+81-165-38-2125 (voice)
Phone:
+81-165-38-2410 (fax)
Email Address:
uryu@fsc.hokudai.ac.jp
Data Set Contacts:
Organization:Uryu Experimental Forest, Hokkaido University
Address:
Moshiri,
Horokanai, Hokkaido 074-0741 Japan
Phone:
+81-165-38-2125 (voice)
Phone:
+81-165-38-2410 (fax)
Email Address:
uryu@fsc.hokudai.ac.jp
Associated Parties:
Individual: Hideaki Shibata
Organization:FIeld Science Center for Northern Biosphere, Hokkaido University
Address:
Kita-9, Nishi-9, Kita-ku,
Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0809 Japan
Phone:
+81-11-706-2520 (voice)
Phone:
+81-11-706-3450 (fax)
Email Address:
shiba (at) fsc.hokudai.ac.jp

Data Set Characteristics

Geographic Region:
Geographic Description:Uryu Experimentall Forest
Bounding Coordinates:
West:  142.261391667  degrees
East:  142.261391667  degrees
North:  44.3645833333  degrees
South:  44.3645833333  degrees
Time Period:
Begin:
1932
End:
2012

Sampling, Processing and Quality Control Methods

Step by Step Procedures
Step 1:
Description:

Snowpack depth

Snowpack depth from ground was measured manually using the vertical scale in morning at open space in front of headquarter office of Uryu Experimental Forest.

Instrument(s): Vertical scale
Step 2:
Description:

Snowdall depth

Snowfall depth was measured on the flat plate (ca. 30 x 30 cm) in morning at open space in front of headquarter office of Uryu Experimental Forest. The snowfall on the plate was removed after the every observation. Note that observed value means visible depth on the plate, doesn't mean water amount like precipitation.

Instrument(s): Mesurement plate; Vertical scale
Sampling Area And Frequency:
Observation was mostly conducted from October to May (depending on the duration of snowfall and snowpack) every winter.
Sampling Description:
Observation was conducted in every morning (except for Saturday, Sunday and National holidays) during winter. The ND indicates "Not Determined", but note that ND for snowfall depth during winter means no newly snowfall at the morning of the observation day.

Data Set Usage Rights

Access Control:
Auth System:JaLTER
Order:allowFirst
Allow: [read] public
Metadata download: Ecological Metadata Language (EML) File