Talladega National Forest NEON - United States of America
Talladega National Forest NEON
United States of America
The TALL terrestrial field site covers 5300 hectares within the larger Oakmulgee District of the Talladega National Forest (475,000 hectares) in west-central Alabama. TALL is located within the Gulf Coastal Plain which is the dominant physiographic province (52%) of NEON's Domain 8: Ozarks Complex. It is also where the upper coastal plain gives rise to the Appalachian foothills. The lands of this region are rich a mosaic of forest types and habitats. Steep ridges to rolling hills fading to hardwood bottoms make up the diversity of forest conditions found in Oakmulgee. While known for its longleaf forests, over 40% of Oakmulgee is covered with a mixture of hardwoods and wetlands. Remote sensing surveys of this field site collect lidar, spectrometer and high-resolution RGB camera data. The flux/meteorological tower at this site is 115 with 5 measurement levels. The tower top extends above the vegetation canopy to allow sensors mounted at the top and along the tower to capture the full profile of atmospheric conditions from the top of the vegetation canopy to the ground. The tower collects physical and chemical properties of atmosphere-related processes, such as humidity, wind, and net ecosystem gas exchange. Precipitation data are collected by a tipping bucket at the top of the tower and a series of throughfalls located in the soil array. This site has five soil plots placed in an array within the airshed of the flux tower. Field ecologists collect the following types of observational data at this site: Terrestrial organisms (birds, ground beetles, mosquitoes, plants, small mammals, soil microbes, ticks), Biogeochemical data, and soil data.
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