General Site Information
Site ID:CR-Lse
Site Name:La Selva
Tower Team: PI: Hank Loescher <> - National Ecological Observatory Network
Elevation (m):100
IGBP:EBF (Evergreen Broadleaf Forests)
Climate Koeppen:Am (Tropical monsoon)
Mean Annual Temperature (degrees C):25.9
Mean Annual Precipitation (mm):3966
Data Products: AmeriFlux BASE Dataset
Data Availability: AmeriFlux BASE:   3 years (Duration: 1997 - 1999)
Data Downloads to Date: AmeriFlux BASE:   156 unique downloads
Data DOIs: AmeriFlux BASE DOI: 10.17190/AMF/1246013
Description:Site was occupied by Native Americans since 3000 B.P. practicing shifting cultivation. Some selective cutting along rivers (heart of palm). Charcoal dating indicate fires 2400 B.P. and 1100 B.P. Some clearing for pasture/cocoa production, second growth, humid tropical rain forest. Site resides on land presently owned by the Organization for Tropical Studies.
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Publications relevant to understanding the site
C. E. Lovelock; K. Andersen; J. B. Morton. 2003. Arbuscular mycorrhizal communities in tropical forests are affected by host tree species and environmentOecologia. 135:2, 268-279. Reference
E. A. Davidson; K. Savage; P. Bolstad; D. A. Clark; P. S. Curtis; D. S. Ellsworth; P. J. Hanson; B. E. Law; Y. Luo; K. S. Pregitzer; J. C. Randolph; D. Zak. 2002. Belowground carbon allocation in forests estimated from litterfall and IRGA-based soil respiration measurementsAgricultural and Forest Meteorology. 113:1-4, 39-51. Reference
E. Veldkamp; A. Becker; L. Schwendenmann; D. A. Clark; H. Schulte-Bisping. 2003. Substantial labile carbon stocks and microbial activity in deeply weathered soils below a tropical wet forestGlobal Change Biology. 9:8, 1171-1184. Reference
H. W. Loescher; S. F. Oberbauer; H. L. Gholz; D. B. Clark. 2003. Environmental controls on net ecosystem-level carbon exchange and productivity in a Central American tropical wet forestGlobal Change Biology. 9:3, 396-412. Reference
J. B. Drake; R. O. Dubayah; D. B. Clark; R. G. Knox; J. B. Blair; M. A. Hofton; R. L. Chazdon; J. F. Weishampel; S. D. Prince. 2002. Estimation of tropical forest structural characteristics using large-footprint lidarRemote Sensing of Environment. 79:2-3, 305-319. Reference
J. B. Drake; R. O. Dubayah; R. G. Knox; D. B. Clark; J. B. Blair. 2002. Sensitivity of large-footprint lidar to canopy structure and biomass in a neotropical rainforestRemote Sensing of Environment. 81:2-3, 378-392. Reference

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