General Site Information
Site ID:US-NC1
Site Name:NC_Clearcut
Tower Team: PI: Asko Noormets <> - Texas A&M University
Technician: Michael Gavazzi <> - USDA FS EFETAC
Elevation (m):5
IGBP:OSH (Open Shrublands)
Climate Koeppen:Cfa (Humid Subtropical: mild with no dry season, hot summer)
Mean Annual Temperature (degrees C):16.6
Mean Annual Precipitation (mm):1320
Data Products: AmeriFlux BASE Dataset
FLUXNET LaThuile Dataset
Data Availability: AmeriFlux BASE:   5 years (Duration: 2005 - 2009)
FLUXNET LaThuile:   2 years (Duration: 2005 - 2006)
Data Downloads to Date: AmeriFlux BASE:   239 unique downloads
FLUXNET LaThuile:   83 unique downloads
Data DOIs: AmeriFlux BASE DOI: 10.17190/AMF/1246082
Description:The North Carolina Clearcut site is located in a pine plantation amongst the mixed forests of the North Carolina lower coastal plain. Owned by the Weyerhaeuser Company, the plantation is managed for the purpose of commercial logging. In 2004, 70 ha of 75 year old native hardwoods was harvested. Following the clearcut, the stand was bedded and planted with loblolly pine seedlings. The only significant natural disturbances during the measurement period was a severe drought that lasted from summer of 2007 through 2008. Consequently, the 2007 total amount of precipitation was 486 mm below the 30-year norm.
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Publications relevant to understanding the site
Domec JC, King JS, Noormets A, Treasure EA, Gavazzi MJ, Sun G, McNulty SG. 2010. Hydraulic redistribution of soil water affects whole stand evapotranspiration and net ecosystem carbon exchange. New Phytologist 187: 171-183. Reference
Domec JC, Noormets A, King JS, Sun G, McNulty SG, Gavazzi MJ, Boggs JL, Treasure EA. 2009. Decoupling the influence of leaf and root hydraulic conductances on stomatal conductance and its sensitivity to vapor pressure deficit as soil dries in a drained loblolly pine plantation. Plant, Cell & Environment 32: 980-991. Reference
Domec JC, Ogee J, Noormets A, Jouangy J, Gavazzi MJ, Treasure EA, Sun G, McNulty SG, King JS. 2012. Interactive effects of nocturnal transpiration and climate change on the root hydraulic redistribution and carbon and water budgets of Southern United States pine plantations. Tree Physiology 32: 707-723. Reference
Domec JC, Sun G, Noormets A, Gavazzi MJ, Treasure EA, Cohen E, Swenson J, McNulty SG, King JS. 2012. A Comparison of Three Methods to Estimate Evapotranspiration in Two Contrasting Loblolly Pine Plantations: Age-Related Changes in Water Use and Drought Sensitivity of Evapotranspiration Components. Forest Science 58: 497-512. Reference
Noormets A, McNulty SG, Domec JC, Gavazzi MJ, Sun G, King JS. 2012. The role of harvest residue in rotation cycle carbon balance in loblolly pine plantations. Respiration partitioning approach. Global Change Biology 18: 3186–3201. Reference
Sun G, Noormets A, Gavazzi M, McNulty SG, Chen J, Domec JC, King JS, Amatya DM, Skaggs RW. 2010. Energy and water balances of two contrasting loblolly pine plantations on the lower coastal plain of North Carolina, USA. Forest Ecology and Management 259: 1299-1310. Reference

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