General Site Information
Site ID:US-Wrc
Site Name:Wind River Crane Site
Tower Team: PI: Sonia Wharton <> - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Elevation (m):371
IGBP:ENF (Evergreen Needleleaf Forests)
Climate Koeppen:Csb (Mediterranean: mild with dry, warm summer)
Mean Annual Temperature (degrees C):8.8
Mean Annual Precipitation (mm):2452
Data Products: AmeriFlux BASE Dataset
FLUXNET LaThuile Dataset
Data Availability: AmeriFlux BASE:   18 years (Duration: 1998 - 2015)
FLUXNET LaThuile:   9 years (Duration: 1998 - 2006)
Data Downloads to Date: AmeriFlux BASE:   291 unique downloads
FLUXNET LaThuile:   77 unique downloads
Data DOIs: AmeriFlux BASE DOI: 10.17190/AMF/1246114
Description:Wind River Field Station flux tower site is located in the T.T. Munger Research Area of the Wind River Ranger District in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Protected since 1926, the T.T. Munger Research Natural Area (RNA) is administered by the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station and Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The Douglas-fir/western hemlock dominant stand is approximately 500 years old and represents end points of several ecological gradients including age, biomass, structural complexity, and density of the dominant overstory species. A complete stand replacement fire, approximately 450-500 years ago, resulted in the initial establishment. No significant disturbances have occurred since the fire aside from those confined to small groups of single trees, such as overturn from high wind activity and mechanical damage from winter precipitation.
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Publications relevant to understanding the site
Harmon, M.E., Bible, K., Ryan, M.G., Shaw, D.C., Chen, H., Klopatek, J., and Li, X. 2004. Production, respiration, and overall carbon balance in an old-growth Pseudotsuga/Tsuga forest ecosystem. Ecosystems 7: 498-512. Reference
K. T. Paw U, et al. 2004. Carbon dioxide exchange between an old-growth forest and the atmosphere. Ecosystems. 7, 513-524. Reference
Matthias Falk, Sonia Wharton, Matt Schroeder, Susan Ustin and Kyaw Tha Paw U. 2008. Flux partitioning in an old-growth forest: seasonal and interannual dynamics Tree Physiology. 28, 509-520. Reference
Shaw, D.C. et al., 2004. Ecological setting of the wind river old-growth forest. Ecosystems, 7(5): 427-439. Reference
Sonia Wharton and Matthias Falk. 2016. Climate indices strongly influence old-growth forest carbon exchange. Environmental Research Letters 11(4) Reference
Wharton, Sonia, Matthias Falk, Ken Bible, Matt Schroeder, and K.T. Paw U. 2012. Old-growth CO2 flux measurements reveal high sensitivity to climate anomalies across seasonal, annual and decadal time scales. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 161: 1– 14. Reference

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