Mexico: Chamela

Latitude: 19.655303
Longitude: -104.856883

View looking roughly North-West from the upper part of Watershed I during the rainy season at the Chamela tropical forest study site, Mexico (Photograph taken July 2000 by Dr. A. Martinez-Yrizar, Instituto de Ecologia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico)

  • Network: Unaffiliated
  • Principal investigator: Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa
  • PI-affiliated institution: University of Alberta
  • Primary IGBP ecosystem type: Deciduous Broadleaf Forests
  • Dominant plant functional type: Deciduous Broadleaf trees
  • Recent and historic disturbance and management events that may affect this site:
    • Agriculture: Agricultural management of any kind, such as cultivation (including tillage, plowing, or discing), harvest, irrigation, pesticides, planting, or liming.
    • Forestry: Forest management such as logging of any kind, plantation planting, or herbicide application.
    • Grazing: Herbivory or browsing by mammals, managed or wild.
  • Flux data collection:
    • Start date: April 2005
    • End date: Ongoing
  • Flux methods:
    • Eddy covariance
  • Optical data collection:
    • Start date: September 2003
    • End date: Ongoing
  • Data collection period: Continuous operation: Variable collected continuously with the reported method.
  • Data scale: Leaf, Canopy, Stand
  • Collection methods: Manual, Tower
  • Types of data collected: fAPAR, NDVI (Proxy NDVI), PAR, PYR, Hydrological, Canopy structure (Landsat, Hyperion, Quickbird, MODIS), Canopy temperature (DBH)
  • Publications
    • Lott EJ, Bullock SH, Solis-Magallanes JA. Floristic diversity and structure of upland and arroyo forests of coastal Jalisco. Biotropica. 1987 Sep 1:228-35.
    • Martinez-Yrizar A, Maass JM, Pérez-Jiménez LA, Sarukhán J. Net primary productivity of a tropical deciduous forest ecosystem in western Mexico. Journal of Tropical Ecology. 1996 Jan 1;12(1):169-75.
    • Cotler H, Ortega-Larrocea MP. Effects of land use on soil erosion in a tropical dry forest ecosystem, Chamela watershed, Mexico. Catena. 2006 Feb 28;65(2):107-17.
    • Castellanos J, Maass M, Kummerow J. Root biomass of a dry deciduous tropical forest in Mexico. Plant and Soil. 1991 Mar 1;131(2):225-8.

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