General Site Information
Site ID:US-KS2
Site Name:Kennedy Space Center (scrub oak)
Tower Team: PI: Bert Drake <> - Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
PI: Ross Hinkle <> - University of Central Florida
AncContact: Rosvel Bracho-Garrillo <> - University of Florida
AncContact: Sabina Dore <> - Northern Arizona University
DataManager: Tom Powell <> - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Elevation (m):3.00
IGBP:CSH (Closed Shrublands)
Climate Koeppen:Cwa (Humid Subtropical: dry winter, hot summer)
Mean Annual Temperature (degrees C):21.66
Mean Annual Precipitation (mm):1294
Data Products: AmeriFlux BASE Dataset
FLUXNET2015 Dataset
FLUXNET LaThuile Dataset
Data Availability: AmeriFlux BASE:   8 years (Duration: 1999 - 2006)
FLUXNET2015:   4 years (Duration: 2003 - 2006)
FLUXNET LaThuile:   7 years (Duration: 2000 - 2006)
Data Downloads to Date: AmeriFlux BASE:   226 unique downloads
FLUXNET2015:   548 unique downloads
FLUXNET LaThuile:   74 unique downloads
Data DOIs: AmeriFlux BASE DOI: 10.17190/AMF/1246070
Description:The Kennedy Space Center Scrub Oak site is located within the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on the east coast of central Florida. Situated in a 10 ha scrub oak ecosystem, the surrounding stand was completely burned by a prescribed fire in 1996. The purpose of the burn was to control understory fuel load, which has been a common practice since 1969. Within a few weeks of the 1996 burn, the stand began to naturally regenerate from roots and rhizomes. Most scrub oak stands in the region undergo a 7 to 10 year disturbance cycle, mostly related to fire or hurricane activity. A severe drought gripped most of Florida beginning in 1998 until the later half of 2001 resulting in four years of relatively low amount of annual rainfall. Exceptionally high annual rainfall amount in 2004 was the result of a pair of hurricanes that hit the area in August and September of 2004. Prevaling wind directions for the site are as follows: W to NW in the winter, afternoon E sea breeze in the summer.
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Publications relevant to understanding the site
B. A. Hungate; M. Reichstein; P. Dijkstra; D. Johnson; G. Hymus; J. D. Tenhunen; C. R. Hinkle; B. G. Drake. 2002. Evapotranspiration and soil water content in a scrub-oak woodland under carbon dioxide enrichmentGlobal Change Biology. 8:3, 289-298. Reference
Bracho et al. (2008) Environmental and biological controls on water and energy exchange in Florida scrub oak and pine flatwoods ecosystems. JGR, 113, G02004. Reference
D. W. Johnson; B. A. Hungate; P. Dijkstra; G. Hymus; C. R. Hinkle; P. Stiling; B. G. Drake. 2003. The effects of elevated CO2 on nutrient distribution in a fire-adapted scrub oak forestEcological Applications. 13:5, 1388-1399. Reference
Dore et al. (2003) Cross-validation of open-top chamber and eddy covariance measurements of ecosystem CO2 exchange in a Florida scrub-oak ecosystem. Global Change Biology, 9, 84-95. Reference
G. J. Hymus; T. G. Snead; D. P. Johnson; B. A. Hungate; B. G. Drake. 2002. Acclimation of photosynthesis and respiration to elevated atmospheric CO2 in two Scrub OaksGlobal Change Biology. 8:4, 317-328. Reference
Hymus et al 2003:Effects of elevated atmospheric CO2 on net ... . GCB 9: 1802-1812. Reference
J. A. Langley; B. G. Drake; B. A. Hungate. 2002. Extensive belowground carbon storage supports roots and mycorrhizae in regenerating scrub oaksOecologia. 131:4, 542-548. Reference
J. H. Li; P. Dijkstra; C. R. Hinkle; R. M. Wheeler; B. G. Drake. 1999. Photosynthetic acclimation to elevated atmospheric CO2 concentration in the Florida scrub-oak species Quercus geminata and Quercus myrtifolia growing in their native environmentTree Physiology. 19:4-5, 229-234. Reference
J. H. Li; W. A. Dugas; G. J. Hymus; D. P. Johnson; B. G. Drake; B. A. Hungate. 2003. Direct and indirect effects of elevated CO2 on transpiration from Quercus myrtifolia in a scrub-oak ecosystemGlobal Change Biology. 9:1, 96-105. Reference
Li et al 2006: Leaf senescence of Wuercus myrtifolia as afected by long-term Co2 enrichment in ist native environment. GCB 6: 727-733. Reference
P. Dijkstra; G. Hymus; D. Colavito; D. A. Vieglais; C. M. Cundari; D. P. Johnson; B. A. Hungate; C. R. Hinkle; B. G. Drake. 2002. Elevated atmospheric CO2 stimulates aboveground biomass in a fire-regenerated scrub-oak ecosystemGlobal Change Biology. 8:1, 90-103. Reference
P. Stiling; D. C. Moon; M. D. Hunter; J. Colson; A. M. Rossi; G. J. Hymus; B. G. Drake. 2003. Elevated CO2 lowers relative and absolute herbivore density across all species of a scrub-oak forestOecologia. 134:1, 82-87. Reference
P. Stiling; M. Cattell; D. C. Moon; A. Rossi; B. A. Hungate; G. Hymus; B. Drake. 2002. Elevated atmospheric CO2 lowers herbivore abundance, but increases leaf abscission ratesGlobal Change Biology. 8:7, 658-667. Reference
Powell et al. (2006) Environmental controls over net ecosystem carbon exchange of scrub oak in central Florida. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 141, 19-34. Reference

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