General Site Information
Site ID:US-SO4
Site Name:Sky Oaks- New Stand
Tower Team: PI: Walt Oechel <> - San Diego State University
Elevation (m):1429.00
IGBP:CSH (Closed Shrublands)
Climate Koeppen:Csa (Mediterranean: mild with dry, hot summer)
Data Products: AmeriFlux BASE Dataset
FLUXNET LaThuile Dataset
Data Availability: AmeriFlux BASE:   3 years (Duration: 2004 - 2006)
FLUXNET LaThuile:   3 years (Duration: 2004 - 2006)
Data Downloads to Date: AmeriFlux BASE:   230 unique downloads
FLUXNET LaThuile:   74 unique downloads
Data DOIs: AmeriFlux BASE DOI: 10.17190/AMF/1246099
Description:The Sky Oaks New site is located near the Sky Oaks Field station, owned and operated by San Diego State University. Chaparral vegetation, associated with a Mediterranean climate, covers nearly half of the rough and rocky terrain. Precipitation is almost exclusively confined to the winter months. During the summer and early fall, hot and dry Santa Ana winds from the northeast bring desert heat to the site. A high intensity natural wildfire occurred in approximately 1905. Physical characteristics prior to the 1905 burn are unknown, including stand age and canopy height. Currently, the Sky Oaks New site is an excellent representation of an old-growth chaparral ecosystem, with a canopy height of 2.3 m and chamise-dominated overstory.
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Publications relevant to understanding the site
Luo, H., W.C. Oechel, S.J. Hastings, R. Zulueta, Y. Qian, and H. Kwon. (2007). Mature Semi-Arid Chaparral Ecosystems Can Be a Significant Sink for Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide. Global Change Biology. 13: 386-396. Reference

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