Climate Change Science Institute (CCSI) Field Research Sites

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1 Bethel Valley Rd
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
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865-574-5767

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ORNL's CCSI is a multidisciplinary research center established to advance knowledge of the Earth system, describe the consequences of climate change, and evaluate and inform policy response to climate change. CCSI includes three Field Research Sites. 1) SPRUCE, with a field site in northern Minnesota, is an experiment to assess the response of northern peatland ecosystems to increases in temperature and exposures to elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations. SPRUCE science questions are focused on terrestrial ecosystem carbon cycles and the mechanisms that underlie their responses to climatic change. 2) Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments in the Arctic (NGEE Arctic), with a field site in Barrow, Alaska, advances understanding of how complex systems will respond to a changing climate and how underlying processes can be represented in climate models. 3) At Walker Branch Watershed on the DOE Oak Ridge Reservation, long-term ecological, hydrological, and biogeochemical research has been conducted since the late 1960s on this well-characterized 100-ha area. Opportunities are provided for independently funded researchers to address their own science questions at these three field sites.

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