Updated 2001-04-06

Overall objective is to obtain net fluxes for carbon and freshwater water from an Arctic catchment under base-case and global change scenarios. Objective of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is to study the temporal and patial variability in floodplain sediment balance over the last 2000 years. Research activities: Selected areas in the Usa basin will be studied in detail, both in the zones of continuous and discontiunous permafrost. Fieldwork was and will be conducted in the summers of 1998 and 1999. At selected field sites, the present day processes of river erosion and deposition will be evaluated and the natural evolution and variation of amount and rate of erosion and deposition will be determined for the last 2000 years.

This is not a National Implementation Plan (NIP) project

Time frame

Project time span
1998 - 2000
Data collection
1998 - 1999
Data processing
not specified
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
Margriet Huisink
Vrije Universiteit Faculteit Aardwetenschappen De Boelelaan 1085 1081 HV Amsterdam Netherlands
+31 20 4447300 (inst.) / 4447336 (direct)
+31 20 6462457

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Freshwater sediments
Additional information or further specification of types of data / information collected, species / tissues / organs sampled, etc.

Overall: soil, water, lake sediment, peat cores, sediment samples, discharges, meteorological data, lichens, snow Sampling frequency annually


Regions studied
Other areas
Usa river basin
Stations or areas where observations are made

Usa River basin, near Usinsk, Vorkuta, Inta and the Ural mountains and more remote areas.

Data availability

Are data archived or planned to be archived at an AMAP Thematic Data Centre?
If no (or only part of data are reported to a TDC), where and how are (other) data stored?
Data will be available to other projects and/or international programmes from 2005 or so
Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland - University of Helsinki, Department of Geology, Helsinki, Finland - Finnish forest research institute, Rovaniemi, Finland - Univeristy of Kuopio, Dep. of Environmental Sciences, Kuopio, Finalnd - Utrecht University, Dep of Physical Geography, Utrecht - University of Nottingham, Dep. of Life Science, Great Brittain - University College London, Dep. of Geography, Great Brittain - University of Manchester, Dep. of Social Anthropology, Great Brittain - University of Oulo, Dep. of Behavioral Sciences, Oulo, Finland - Danish Meteorological Instsitue, Copenhagen, Denmark - Komi Science Centre, Syktyvkar, Russia

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

BASIS programme

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