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Dataset: 

Study number: 

38

Data set ID: 

210038001

Date range: 

1915-01-01 to 2018-10-31

Original investigator: 

USDA ARS Jornada Experimental Range (JER)

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Abstract: 

This ongoing dataset contains monthly precipitation measurements from a network of standard can rain gauges at the Jornada Experimental Range in Dona Ana County, New Mexico, USA. Precipitation physically collects within gauges during the month and is manually measured with a graduated cylinder at the end of each month. This network is maintained by USDA Agicultural Research Service personnel.

This dataset includes 39 different locations but only 29 of them are currently sampled. Other precipitation data exist for this area, including event-based tipping bucket data with timestamps, but do not go as far back in time as this dataset.

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<p>Jornada Experimental Range standard rain gauge monthly data file</p>

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Study number: 

39

Data set ID: 

210392001

Date range: 

1939-01-01 to 2001-12-31

Original investigator: 

Ken A Valentine

Abstract: 

The purpose of this study is to quantify vegetation dynamics in response to lagomorph and shrub exclusion. Data consist of vertical line intercept measures of the perennial grasses, suffretescents and shrubs. Sixteen plots at each of 3 sites (Gravelly Ridges, Dona Ana exclosure, and Parker Tank) were established in 1938-39 by Ken Valentine.

Plots were 21.3 x 21.3 m in 4 rows of 4 plots with a 7.6 m buffer zone. All plots were sampled before treatments. Plots were divided into east and west halves and 14 randomly located 10.65 m transects were located in each half plot. Vegetation (black grama, dropseeds, bush muhly, fluff grass, other grasses, creosotebush, honey mesquite, tarbush, mariola, and other shrubs) was measured using vertical line point intercepts. Plots have been re-read in 1947, 1956, 1960, 1967, 1989, 1995, and 2001 for Gravelly Ridges and 1939, 1947, 1960, 1967, and 2001 for Dona Ana and Parker Tank using the same methods. Treatments were applied factorially yielding a control plot, single factor plots, and plots with varying degrees of combinations of factors. The factors were lagomorph exclusion (using wire fencing), shrub removal (hand grubbing at the ground surface), furrowing (shallow, hand raked furrows to trap surface water), and seeding (broadcast applications of seeds of native perennials). Seeding and furrowing treatments were only applied in 1939. Lagomorph exclusion has persisted since establishment, and shrub removal treatments have been reapplied immediately following all years of vegetation sampling. This study is complete.

For more information, refer to:

Havstad, K.M., R.P. Gibbens, C.A. Knorr, and L.W. Murray. 1999. Long-term influences of shrub removal and lagomorph exclusion on Chihuhuan Desert vegetation dynamics. Journal of Arid Environments 42: 155-166.

 

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<p>Data file information for the following Jornada data set: Line intercept data of long-term vegetation responses to shrub removal and lagomorph exclusion in a creosotebush community</p&g

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Dataset: 

Study number: 

36

Data set ID: 

210365001

Date range: 

1933-01-01 to 2011-12-31

Original investigator: 

Robert S Campbell

Abstract: 

In 1933 and 1935, two transects were established in the Natural Revegetation Exclosure and Pasture 8b, respectively, to measure long-term soil movement in areas undergoing mesquite invasion.

These two transects, established in a Prosopis-Bouteloua ecotone, were to: "measure any future changes in the extent or succession of three contiguous zones of vegetation, Bouteloua eriopoda, Gutierrezia, and Prosopis glandulosa dunes. Thus, future chartings of this transect should show whether, under the range management practiced, the succession is progressing toward the black grama climax or whether it is retrogressing toward mesquite sandhills." (E.L. Little, 1935, unpublished report) Soil movement at these transects was measured by the distance between the soil surface and a notch in 50 cm t-posts located every 15.2 m (50 ft). The 1731-m Natural Revegetation Exclosure tranect runs north-south through the center of the exclosure and extends 61 m (200ft) beyond the boundary fence on either end. It is located in primarily deep, loamy sand soils. The 457-m Pasture 8b transect is oriented WSW-ENE, and is located in shallower soils. These transects were measured in 1950 (8b only), 1955 (8b only), every five years from 1980-2000, and most recently in 2011. Most steel posts were remeasured at these intervals, but some were lost due to excavation or burial. These were for the most part replaced, with a new baseline notch height initiated on the posts. Data fields correspond to each year of collection, as well as measures of soil deposition or deflation during the intervals. Spatial data include post locations and identifiers.

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Data file information for the following Jornada data set: Soil movement across black grama-mesquite ecotones beginning in 1933

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Dataset: 

Study number: 

28

Data set ID: 

210288001

Date range: 

1998-03-14 to 2015-11-25

Original investigator: 

Dale A Gillette

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Abstract: 

Collections of airborne sand are obtained at the 15 NPP sites and the Geomet site. The collections are taken using BSNE collectors. The collectors are turned into the wind with wind vanes. The amount of material collected corresponds to the horizontal flux at the height of the collector and the opening area of the collector and the duration of the sampling time.

The five heights of the BSNE collectors above the soil surface are 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 centimeters for every location where samples are taken. The hypothesis of the experiment is that the vertical flux of the particles smaller than 10 micrometers is a constant ratio of the horizontal sand flux. The objectives of the experiment are to find patterns of sand flux rates as affected by soil and vegetation.

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Study number: 

262

Data set ID: 

210262004

Date range: 

2005-01-01 to 2014-12-31

Original investigator: 

Brandon Bestelmeyer

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Abstract: 

   Dataset consists of the annual aboveground net primary production (ANPP) across 3
   habitats grouped by plant form and total ANPP.  The habitats are grassland, mesquite
   shrubland, and the ecotone between the 2. The plant forms are winter annual forb,
   annual forb, bi-annual forb, perennial forb, annual grass, perennial grass, shrub, and
   sub-shrub.

   Dataset consists of the annual aboveground net primary production (ANPP) across 3
   habitats grouped by plant form and total ANPP.  The habitats are grassland, mesquite
   shrubland, and the ecotone between the 2. The plant forms are winter annual forb,
   annual forb, bi-annual forb, perennial forb, annual grass, perennial grass, shrub, and
   sub-shrub.

   OBJECTIVE:  The purpose of the study is to investigate how pulses of precipitation
   translate into pulses of plant aboveground net primary productivity (NPP) and how the
   small mammal community responds to such changes also in relation to shrub gradient
   across the landscape.  Particularly we are interested in how the energy flows through
   the ecosystem in response to pulses of rain, how the small mammal community partition
   resources (in terms of C3 (forbs and shrubs) and C4 (grasses) plants) and how the
   genetic structure of some species (e.g., Dipodomys spp.) is affected by their
   population dynamics.

   HYPOTHESES:

   1) Small mammal abundance should respond positively to precipitation and NPP.

   2) On a temporal scale, the small mammal energy use should show parallel fluxes along
   the shrub gradient.

   3) The small mammal community should consume C3 and C4 plants according to their
   availability (or NPP).

   4) At low population density, dispersal should be limited and the genetic variance will
   be distributed among populations rather than within (i.e., Fst will trend towards
   higher values).  After pulses of rain and NPP, population densities will be greater,
   dispersal prevalent, and the genetic variance of populations will be distributed within
   populations (i.e., Fst will approach zero) as dispersal homogenizes populations.

   Total aboveground annual net primary productivty is calculated for winter annual forb,
   annual forb, bi-annual forb, perennial forb, annual grass, perennial grass, shrub,
   sub-shrub, and the total of these.
 

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Data file (CSV) for Jornada dataset: Ecotone Study: Plant Above Ground Net Primary Productivity by Plant Form

Data file (CSV) for Jornada dataset: Ecotone Study: Plant Above Ground Net Primary Productivity by Plant Form

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Dataset: 

Study number: 

262

Data set ID: 

210262010

Date range: 

2004-01-01 to 2014-12-31

Original investigator: 

Brandon Bestelmeyer

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Abstract: 

   OBJECTIVE:  The purpose of the study is to investigate how pulses of precipitation translate
   into pulses of plant above ground net primary productivity (NPP) and how the small mammal
   community responds to such changes also in relation to shrub gradient across the landscape.

   OBJECTIVE:  The purpose of the study is to investigate how pulses of precipitation translate
   into pulses of plant above ground net primary productivity (NPP) and how the small mammal
   community responds to such changes also in relation to shrub gradient across the landscape.
   Particularly we are interested in how the energy flows through the ecosystem in response to
   pulses of rain.

   HYPOTHESES:
   1) Small mammal abundance should respond positively to precipitation and NPP.
   2) On a temporal scale, the small mammal energy use should show parallel fluxes along the
      shrub gradient.

   Variables measured:  Rodent abundance expressed as Minimum Number Known Alive (MNKA),
                        rodent biomas, rodent energy, and rodent species richness.

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Description: 

CSV data file for Jornada dataset: Ecotone Rodent 1st Capture Metrics (abundance, biomass, energy, species richness)

CSV data file for Jornada dataset: Ecotone Rodent 1st Capture Metrics (abundance, biomass, energy, species richness)

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Dataset: 

Study number: 

262

Data set ID: 

210262008

Date range: 

2004-07-13 to 2014-10-24

Original investigator: 

Brandon Bestelmeyer

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Abstract: 

   OBJECTIVE:  The purpose of the study is to investigate how pulses of precipitation translate into
   pulses of plant above ground net primary productivity (NPP) and how the small mammal community
   responds to such changes also in relation to shrub gradient across the landscape.  Particularly

   OBJECTIVE:  The purpose of the study is to investigate how pulses of precipitation translate into
   pulses of plant above ground net primary productivity (NPP) and how the small mammal community
   responds to such changes also in relation to shrub gradient across the landscape.  Particularly
   we are interested in how the energy flows through the ecosystem in response to pulses of rain,
   how the small mammal community partition resources (in terms of C3 (forbs and shrubs) and C4
   (grasses) plants) and how the genetic structure of some species (i.e.:  Dipodomys spp.) is
   affected by their population dynamics.

   HYPOTHESES:
   1) Small mammal abundance should respond positively to precipitation and NPP.
   2) On a temporal scale, the small mammal energy use should show parallel fluxes along the shrub
      gradient.
   3) The small mammal community should consume C3 and C4 plants according to their availability (or
      NPP).
   4) At low population density, dispersal should be limited and the genetic variance will be
      distributed among populations rather than within (i.e., Fst will trend towards higher values).
      After pulses of rain and NPP, population densities will be greater, dispersal prevalent, and
      the genetic variance of populations will be distributed within populations (i.e., Fst will
      approach zero) as dispersal homogenizes populations.

   Variables include rodent species, sex, reproductive status, weight, and maturity status were recorded.

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CSV data file for the Jornada dataset: Ecotone Rodent Trapping 1st Capture

CSV data file for the Jornada dataset: Ecotone Rodent Trapping 1st Capture

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Dataset: 

Study number: 

16

Data set ID: 

210169001

Date range: 

1983-12-05 to 2001-01-02

Original investigator: 

William H Schlesinger

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Abstract: 

Dry atmospheric fallout (dryfall) is collected monthly using an Aerochem Metrics wetfall/dryfall collector located at the LTER weather station. Each sample is analyzed for NO3, NH4, Cl, SO4, Ca, Mg, Na, K, Total N, & Total P.

Dry atmospheric fallout (dryfall) is collected monthly using an Aerochem Metrics wetfall/dryfall collector located at the LTER weather station. Each sample is analyzed for NO3, NH4, Cl, SO4, Ca, Mg, Na, K, Total N, & Total P.

Description: 

Data file information for the following Jornada data set: Dryfall deposition chemistry data

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Dataset: 

Study number: 

127

Data set ID: 

210127001

Date range: 

1983-07-13 to 2017-12-01

Original investigator: 

Walter G Whitford

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Abstract: 

Surface evaporation is measured weekly to twice weekly using an evaporation pan compatible with standard National Weather Service evaporation measurements. Measurements are made twice per week during hot periods because of high evaporation rate.

The following data is collected: number of days between measurements, beginning and ending measurement period, current, minimum, and maximum water temperature; initial water level; final water level; rainfall since last evaporation measurement, and calculated evaporation (inches).

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Data file information for the following Jornada data set: Evaporation pan data beginning 1983 - Jornada LTER Weather Station

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Dataset: 

Study number: 

126

Data set ID: 

210126002

Date range: 

1983-03-01 to 2015-09-23

Original investigator: 

John Anderson

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Abstract: 

Hourly summary values of averages of readings of the following parameters are made which are based on data recorded on a Campbell CR10(X) data logger: maximum, minimum, and average air temperature; maximum and minimum relative humidity; total precipitation; average wind speed; maximum wind speed; average wind direction; total incoming solar radiation; average soil temperature at 5cm and 20cm; m

ean dew temperature. From 1983 - 5 June 1991, readings on which hourly averages are based were made at 12 second intervals. From 6 June 1991 to present, readings on which hourly averages are based are made at 10 second intervals.

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