General Site Information
Site ID:US-Mpj
Site Name:Mountainair Pinyon-Juniper Woodland
Tower Team: PI: Marcy Litvak <> - University of New Mexico
FluxContact: Steven W. Crisp <> - Universtiy of New Mexico
BADMContact: Bobby Mullin <> - University of New Mexico
DataManager: Alex Moody <> - University of New Mexico
Elevation (m):2138
IGBP:OSH (Open Shrublands)
Climate Koeppen:Bsk (Steppe: warm winter)
Mean Annual Temperature (degrees C):10.5
Mean Annual Precipitation (mm):385
Data Products: AmeriFlux BASE Dataset
Data Availability: AmeriFlux BASE:   7 years (Duration: 2008 - 2014)
Data Downloads to Date: AmeriFlux BASE:   222 unique downloads
Data DOIs: AmeriFlux BASE DOI: 10.17190/AMF/1246123
Description:This site is located in central New Mexico on an extensive mesa approximately 25 km south of Mountainair, NM, owned by the Heritage Land Conservancy. The dominant tree species, Pinus edulis and Juniperus monosperma make up >95% of the area’s tree cover.  Total tree is cover is ~60%. The dominant herbaceous plant at the site is the C4 perennial grass Bouteloua gracilis. In July 2013, we observed pinon mortality at the site, which continued through 2015. We have used a variety of techniques to document the rate of mortality. The mortality was triggered by a combination of drought (2011-2013) and Pinon ips bark beetle outbreak. Juniper was not affected.
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