A Comprehensive Dataset for Earth System Models in a Permafrost Region: Meteorological, Permafrost, and Carbon Observations (2011–2020) in Northeastern Qinghai-Tibet Plateau
Abstract. It’s important to understand the role of permafrost in the future climate and water resources management, for huge storage of soil organic carbon and ground ice in the permafrost. To date, large uncertainties still exist in permafrost simulations for many reasons. One reason is being a lack of long-term meteorological, permafrost and carbon observations. Here, we therefore present datasets for air temperatures, precipitation, soil temperature and moisture, active layer thickness, ground temperatures at different depths, soil organic carbon contents, and ecosystem carbon emission rates for the Qilian Mountains of the Northeastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau during 2011–2020. The data come from 5 automatic meteorological stations, 21 boreholes with depths from 11.5 to 149.3 m, and 12 active layer monitoring sites, which are used to obtain the hydrothermal and thermal states, and climate change in the study area. Soil organic carbon contents is available from 10 deep boreholes, down to a depth of 20 m. Ecosystem respiration rates are obtained from the prevalent vegetation types of alpine wet meadow, meadow, and steppe for the growing seasons. This decade’s high-quality datasets are expected to serve as useful inputs for earth system models, and are for researchers working in those disciplines including geophysics, ecology, and hydrology in alpine environments. The datasets are available from the National Tibetan Plateau/Third Pole Environment Data Center and can be downloaded from http://dx.doi.org/10.11888/Cryos.tpdc.272840 (Mu and Peng, 2022).
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- RC1: 'Comment on essd-2022-347', Anonymous Referee #1, 25 Nov 2022
- RC2: 'Comment on essd-2022-347', Anonymous Referee #2, 14 Jan 2023
- AC1: 'Comment on essd-2022-347', Xiaoqing Peng, 15 Mar 2023
- RC3: 'Comment on essd-2022-347', Anonymous Referee #3, 21 Mar 2023
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The paper submitted by Mu et al. describes a permafrost dataset compiled from measurements in NE Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The dataset includes Meteorological, Permafrost, and Carbon data. Such datasets and associated analysis are valuable because they can be utilized for model calibration and validation and also to the ecohydrological process study. For these reasons, this database should be of interest to many aspects, e.g. environmental impact assessment, mechanism study etc. However the manuscript does require a number of revisions before it can be accepted for publication.
Since the paper is about the dataset description, it should be more focus on the dataset, not others. For example, the introduction and the Location description of this study seems so detail. It could show the significant of this study, and simple the introduction and the location.
For the field core sample, it seems that the soil samples are mostly used for the organic analysis. But it does not see a more detail description in the laboratory test.
In the Section 3, it provides a more description on each datasets. Meanwhile, it gives a more detail about the analysis. Because the paper is a datasets study, it should simple the analysis. So, the authors can relative simple the analysis in this section.
A number of specific comments are provided below. I hope the authors find the comments helpful in preparing an improved manuscript that should be acceptable for publication.
L1, the title can be simpler, e.g. A Comprehensive Dataset in a Heihe River Basin Permafrost Region (2011–2020)
L40, it should give the specify study area, not the whole Qilian Mountain.
L135, This study focus on the Heihe River Basin, it should give the permafrost area in this study area.
L156-157, The vegetation types are not used in this study, it seems not useful here.
L189, in table 2, the monitoring depth seems not the same. The reasons are for what?
L191, delete the Comprehensive.
L208, about the figure 3, it should be give the detail information. E.g. who and where the photo is from?
L237, delete the - before cm in this sentence “30–40-cm-long drilled core”.
L238, delete the name of the laboratory.
L251 Figure 4 can be more detail for this photo.
L305 (PP systems, Amesbury, MA, USA), give the full name for the first time.
L461 seasonally frozen ground, permafrost, both could be as the frozen ground in this sentence.