Background and Summary:
The Pan-Arctic Project is a multi-disciplinary NSF-funded project carried
out at the following
Water Systems Analysis Group, University of New Hampshire, USA
Marine Biological Lab, USA
State Hydrological Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia
University of Delaware, USA
University of Colorado, USA
The goals of the project are to estimate the contemporary water and constituent balances for the pan-Arctic drainage system. The pan-Arctic drainage system encompasses all terrestrial land area draining into the Arctic Ocean as well as the land mass draining into Hudson Bay, James Bay in Canada and the northern Bering Sea which includes the Yukon River in Alaska and the Anadyr River in Russia. This represents a land area of approximately 21 million km2.
The first half of the project has been devoted to the hydrological cycle.
A primary focus of that has been to develop a river discharge database
for the entire Pan-Arctic region. Our concentration has been on coarse
scale modeling with a grid cell resolution of 30' x 30' (latitude x longitude).
As result we were mainly interested in drainage basins greater than 15,000
km2. However, for Canada and Russia we collected all available
river gauges irrespective of size. For the purposes of continental and
global scale modeling, it is the gauges for large drainage areas which
will be of greatest interest in the regional, continental and global-scale
USGS - Alaska:
Alaska data were supplied by David F Meyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) a USGS
hydrologist in Anchorage, AK. Prior to 1965, the data were published in
published in USGS Water Supply Papers Wells and Love , Hendricks
 and U.S. Geological Survey . Since 1965, the data have been
published annually [U.S. Geological Survey, 1967-1996].
USGS - Midwest:
Data obtained from Hydro-Climatic Data network (HCDN) Slack et al.  - http://wwwrvares.er.usgs.gov:80/hcdn_cdrom/region09.html
Only gauges greater than 15,000 km2 were collected.
HYDAT - Environment Canada CD-ROM from EarthInfo Inc. Version 4.93 Surface Water and Sediment Data, Atmosphere Environment Service
Monthly Data for all pan-Arctic stations were extracted.
Russia and other Eurasian Countries:
Data supplied by
Igor Shiklomanov (email@example.com)
The State Hydrological Institute
23, Second Line, V.O.
St. Petersburg, 199053
Phone: (812) 213-3517
Fax: (812) 213-1028
All available gauges for the Russian pan-Arctic region were collected.
Gauges for other Eurasian countries were collected for gauges greater than
USGS data was pulled off the web (HCDN) or received by ftp from USGS offices in Alaska (AK data) in the USGS format. Data were extracted from these files and coverted to metric units consistent with the other data sets.
Gauges for drainage basins outside of the Pan-Arctic region (such as
the southern coast of Alaska) were removed.
Data for all gauges pulled off the CD-ROM.
All US gauges and non-Pan-Arctic gauges were removed.
Russia and other Eurasian Countries:
The original data archive was originally collected by the Department for River Runoff and Water Management Problems in the State Hydrological Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia. This covered the period up to 1985 although there were a large number of missing values. As part of Pan-Arctic project, the State Hydrological Institute (SHI) updated the river discharge time series to 1990 and filled in many of the missing values.
The data from other Eurasian countries, Finland, Iceland, Mongolia and
Norway, were supplied by the SHI. These data were collected from the Global
Water and Water Use Archive developed by the Laboratory of Water Resources
and Water Balance at SHI.
All data were combined in a common, uniform data base using Microsoft Access. Data were stored as three tables:
Site AttributesThe Site Attribute table included information on the gauge name, the original Code number assigned by the source agency, drainage area, latitude and longitude, and the source of the data. Except for minor spelling adjustments, the spelling of the Russian station names were left as
Discharge - Horizontal Format
Discharge - Vertical Format
A unique identification number (PointID) was assigned to each gauge
to prevent potential overlap in the code numbers. Due to the coding used
by the three countries, there was no overlap since Russia uses a 4-5 digit
numeric code, the USGS uses an 8 or 15 digit numeric code and the Canadians
use a 7 digit alpha-numeric code. The unique identification numbers have
been retained as some software requires a numeric field for indexing. Therefore
both PointID and Code are unique identifiers for the gauges.
The total number of gauges given in R-ArcticNET v2.0 is 3713. The following table shows a list of the number of gauges divided by data source.
The total number of gauges by hydrological zone are given in the following table.
|North European Russia||
|Northwest Hudson Bay||
|South and East Hudson Bay||
Richard Lammers, Water Systems Analysis Group, University of New Hampshire (UNH), constructed the initial database, made data modifications and updates. Alexander Shiklomanov, Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, St. Petersburg and UNH, assisted in the initial data processing and later took control of the database. He was responsible for adding new stations, updating existing gauges and correcting errors. This was an ongoing process as more Russian data became availble in digital form. Control was returned to Richard Lammers for final data processing, generation of hydrographs and preparation of the WWWeb pages and CD-ROM.
HTML coding and CD-ROM preparation were developed by Allan Wright, Research Computing Center, UNH. Graphics and database coding for the web pages and CD-ROM were developed by Stanley Glidden, Water Systems Analysis Group, UNH.
Digitizing of the Russian discharge data at SHI was conducted by Elena Zaitseva and Tanya Molchanova
Igor Shiklomanov, State Hydrological Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia, supplied all Eurasian data for this project.
Robert Morris, Environment Canada, was instrumental in securing permissions
to allow the Canadian data to be placed on the WWWeb and CD-ROM.
National Science Foundation - Office of Polar Programs
NASA - Earth Observing System
Department of Energy
Hendricks, E.L., 1964, Compilation of records of surface waters of Alaska, October 1950 to September 1960: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper 1740, 86 p.
Slack, J.R., Alan M. Lumb, and Jurate Maciunas Landwehr, 1993, HCDN: Streamflow Data Set, 1874 - 1988, USGS Water-Resources Investigations Report 93-4076.
U.S. Geological Survey, 1971, Surface water supply of the United States 1961-65, Part 15. Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper 1936, 342 p.
U.S. Geological Survey, 1967-1996, Water resources data for Alaska, water years 1966-1995: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Data Report AK 66-1 to AK 95-1 (published annually).
Wells, J.V.B., and Love, S.K., 1957, Compilation of records of surface waters of Alaska through September 1950: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper 1372, 262 p.
U.S. Geological Survey, 1967-1996, Water resources data for Alaska,
water years 1966-1995: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Data Report AK 66-1
to AK 95-1 (published annually).