Chichibu cool temperate deciduous broad-leaved natural forest - Japan
Chichibu cool temperate deciduous broad-leaved natural forest
The site is located in a primeval forest in The University of Tokyo Chichibu Forest (UTCF), as a field of research and education about forest science in the cool-temperate region. UTCF covers at 5,812 ha and occupies elevations ranging from 600 m to 1,600 m, which is composed of various types of natural forest stands.
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
To quantify forest responses to disturbance and to understand mechanisms of forest dynamics, demography of all trees (greater than 4 cm in DBH) has been monitored once every five years since 1994 (the latest measurement was conducted in 2009). Phenology of canopy trees has also been monitored using a multimedia auto-recording system (photo, sounds, and movies). Basic climatic logs of the site are available online. A part of the LTER plot is designated as a core plot of “Monitoring Site 1000” project of the Ministry of the Environment; in this plot, tree diameter census, line census of birds and litter trap survey are carried out every year.
The University of Tokyo Chichibu Forest (UTCF) was established in 1916 as a field of research and education about forest science in the cool-temperate region.
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