Tura [Boreal Forest]


[Photo by T. Kajimoto]

The Tura research station was established in early 1990’s on Gmelini larch (Larix gmelinii) dominated forests in Central Siberia, where ground surfaces are continuously underlain by permafrost. Field investigation has been continued over the last 15 years under International Joint Research Projects between Russian (V.N. Sukachev Institute of Forest) and Japanese (FFPRI and others) ecologists. The research activities dealt with various processes of the larch ecosystem, such as forest regeneration, biomass, productivity, and nutrient cycling. Recently, carbon flux measurement was launched by setting a 20-m tower in a typically old larch stand. We now seek to evaluate how the Siberian permafrost larch taiga would function under a scenario of global warming.

Site Information

Established Year
Research Partners V.N. Sukachev Institute of Forest, Russian Academy of Sciences / Kyoto University / Shinshu University / Hokkaido University
Latitude / Longitude 64°N, 100°E
Mean Temperature -9.2 ºC
Mean Annual Precipitation 317 mm
Soil Type Haplic or Oxyaquic Cryosols
Plot Size Size of one permanent plot differs by study stands (from 1 to 1000 m2)
Main Disturbance agent Fire

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