Kaminagawa, Yamagata University Research Forest - Japan
Kaminagawa, Yamagata University Research Forest
YURF is located 26 km south of Tsuruoka city in Yamagata Prefecture. It is characterized by very steep slopes as well as heavy snowfall in the Asahi Mountains where YURF is located. Almost half of the 753 ha of YURF territory is occupied by natural beech forests and almost 25 % is occupied by Japanese cedar forests, the rest is made of mixed broad-leave forests and small patches of larch and spruce. The Laboratory of Watershed Preservation carries long-term monitoring of water and biochemical cycles in different forest-ecosystems. In order to farther promote joint activities within the Faculty of Agriculture of Yamagata University, YURF collaborates with the Eco-Agriculture Laboratory by joint research on Agro-forestry in the forest using the slash and burn technique to grow Atsumi Turnip. The application of silviculture and agriculture as a single unit is one of the main educational topics of what is called Agro-forestry.
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
The main purpose of the site is to understand the relationship between heavy snow and forest dynamics. In order to accomplish this aim we focus on the nitrogen, carbon and water cycle of different forests . Annual differences in snow depth, density, timing of snowfall and snow melting exert a considerable effect on the performance of forest in the following growing season and for this reason long term monitoring of the physical and chemical characteristics of snow are now being monitored. In recent years, GIS has become an important tool to integrate and scale up the data we obtain in order to have an overall understanding of the research forest as a whole.
Affiliation and Network Specific Information