|Title||Insights on seasonal fluxes in a desert shrubland watershed from a distributed sensor network|
|Year of Publication||2011|
|Number of Pages||171|
|University||Arizona State University|
|Keywords||carbon dioxide flux, Chihuahuan Desert, CO2 flux, eddy covariance, evapotranspiration, hydrology, NAMS, North American Monsoon System, rainfall, runoff, soil moisture, soil temperature, Tromble Weir Watershed|
The North American Monsoon System (NAMS) contributes ~55% of the annual rainfall in the Chihuahuan Desert during the summer months. Relatively frequent, intense storms during the NAMS increase soil moisture, reduce surface temperature and lead to runoff in ephemeral channels. Quantifying these processes, however, is difficult due to the sparse nature of coordinated observations.