General Site Information
Site ID:US-Whs
Site Name:Walnut Gulch Lucky Hills Shrub
Tower Team: PI: Russ Scott <> - United States Department of Agriculture
Elevation (m):1370
IGBP:OSH (Open Shrublands)
Climate Koeppen:Bsk (Steppe: warm winter)
Mean Annual Temperature (degrees C):17.6
Mean Annual Precipitation (mm):320
Data Products: AmeriFlux BASE Dataset
FLUXNET2015 Dataset
Data Availability: AmeriFlux BASE:   10 years (Duration: 2007 - 2016)
FLUXNET2015:   8 years (Duration: 2007 - 2014)
Data Downloads to Date: AmeriFlux BASE:   275 unique downloads
FLUXNET2015:   783 unique downloads
Data DOIs: AmeriFlux BASE DOI: 10.17190/AMF/1246113
Description:A semiarid Chihuahuan Desert shrubland located in the USDA-ARS Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed (WGEW) surrounding the town of Tombstone, AZ. The site vegetation is comprised of a diverse stand of mainly Chihuahuan desert shrub species like acacia constricta, larrea tridentata, and florensia cernua.
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Publications relevant to understanding the site
Biederman, J.A., Scott, R.L., Goulden, M.L., Vargas, R., Litvak, M.E., Kolb, T.E., Yepez, E.A., Oechel, W.C., Blanken, P.D., Bell, T.W., Garatuza-Payan, J., Maurer, G.E., Dore, S. and Burns, S.P. 2016. Terrestrial carbon balance in a drier world: the effects of water availability in southwestern North America. Global Change Biology, 22, 1867-1879. Reference
Hamerlynck, E. P., Scott, R.L., Sánchez-Cañete, E.P., and Barron-Gafford, G.A. 2013. Nocturnal soil CO2 uptake and its relationship to subsurface soil and ecosystem carbon fluxes in a Chihuahuan Desert shrubland, Journal of Geophysical Research – Biogeosciences, 118, 1593 – 1603. Reference
Li, F., Kustas, W.P., Anderson, M.A., Prueger, J.H., and Scott, R.L. 2008. Effect of remote sensing spatial resolution on interpreting tower-based flux observations. Remote Sensing and the Environment, 112, 337-349. Reference
Moran, M.S., Hamerlynck, E.P., Scott, R.L., Stone, J.J., Holifield Collins, C.D., Keefer, T.O., Bryant, R., DeYoung, L., Nearing, G.S., Sugg, Z., and Hymer, D.C. 2010. Hydrologic response to precipitation pulses under and between shrubs in the Chihuahuan Desert, Arizona. Water Resources Research, 46, W10509. Reference
Moran, M.S., Scott, R.L., Keefer, T.O., Emmerich, W.E., Hernandez, M., Nearing, G.S., Paige, G., Cosh, M.H., and O’Neill, P.E. 2009. Partitioning evapotranspiration in semiarid grassland and shrubland ecosystems using time series of soil surface temperature. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 149, 59-72. Reference
Scott, R.L. 2010. Using watershed water balance to evaluate the accuracy of eddy covariance evaporation measurements for three semiarid ecosystems. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 150, 219-225. Primary_Citation
Scott, R.L., Biederman, J.A., Hamerlynck, E.P. and Barron-Gafford, G.A. 2015. The carbon balance pivot point of southwestern U.S. semiarid ecosystems: Insights from the 21st century drought. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 120, 2612-2624. Primary_Citation
Scott, R.L., Huxman, T.E., Cable, W.L., and Emmerich, W.E. 2006. Partitioning of evapotranspiration and its relation to carbon dioxide exchange in a Chihuahuan Desert shrubland. Hydrological Processes, 20, 3227-3243. Reference
Watts, C.J., Scott, R.L., Garatuza-Payan, J., Rodriguez, J.C., Prueger, J., Kustas, W., and Douglas, M. 2007. Changes in vegetation condition and surface fluxes during NAME 2004. Journal of Climate, 20, 1810-1820. Reference

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