Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest - United States of America
Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest
United States of America
long term monitoring
Established in the 1950's, the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest (HBEF) is located in the southern part of the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) in central New Hampshire, USA. HBEF, and the broader WMNF have hilly, occasionally steep topography; coarse, acidic, glacially-derived soils; bedrock dominated by metamorphic rock of igneous and sedimentary origin; northern hardwood forests on lower slopes and spruce-fir forests at higher elevations (above ca. 800 m).
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
The Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest is one of 20 Experimental Forests and Rangelands (EFR) administered by the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station (with 80 EFRs nationally). The Hubbard Brook Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program is part of a national network of long-term ecological research sites. Established as an LTER in 1988, the focus of research has consistently been on the impact of disturbance on the Northern Forest. The administrative home of the Hubbard Brook LTER project is the Cary institute of Ecosystem Studies, and the project has 36 co-Principal Investigators at 20 collaborating institutions. We take a broad view of disturbance, including disturbance from air pollution, climate change, forest harvest and biological invasions. Research in the LTER encompasses field and laboratory studies, watershed-scale and plot-scale experiments, comparative studies with other sites in the region and in the LTER network, and modeling studies. Our long-term core measurements include hydrology, meteorology, air and precipitation chemistry, streamwater quantity and chemistry, vegetation, soils and soil solution chemistry, birds and insects.
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