Providence Creek Subcatchment P303

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The P303 subcatchment contains a number of sensors and instruments, but the primary ones are the upper elevation meteorological station and the water balance instrument clusters, located at about 1985 m in elevation at the eastern edge of the watershed.

1.323 km2   Area

1731 - 2025 m   Elev

Parent Field Area:
Providence Creek headwater catchments ▲

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  • Setting & Research

    Meteorological Stations

    Staff from both the Kings River Experimental Watersheds (KREW) project and Southern Sierra CZO operate and maintain the two meteorological stations located in the Providence Creek headwaters.  The upper elevation met station is located within the P303 subcatchment.  The lower elevation met station is located within the larger P300 catchment.

    Panorama of the upper elevation met station. July 2014.

    A full size image is available at the digital library.

    Panorama of the lower elevation met station. July 2014.

    A full size image is available at the digital library.


    Water Balance Instrument Clusters

    Also collocated at this site are three water balance instrument clusters used to monitor snow depth, solar radiation, air temperature, soil water content, and soil temperature. These instrument clusters incorporate North, South, and Flat aspects to capture landscape variability at the Upper Met station location. 

     

    Panorama of the lower elevation met station. July 2014.

    A full size image is available at the digital library.

    Panorama of the upper elevation met station. July 2014.

    A full size image is available at the digital library.

  • Data

    Met Stations, Providence, Upper - Meteorology (2002-2011)
    18 components    Providence Creek Subcatchment P303    Climatology / Meteorology    Carolyn Hunsaker

    Providence, Upper Met - Rainfall Chemistry, Meteorology - NADP (2008-2010)
    3 components    Providence Creek Subcatchment P303    Climatology / Meteorology    National Atmospheric Deposition Program

    Providence, Upper Met, North aspect - Soil Moisture, Soil Temperature, Snow Depth, Air Temperature (2008-2015)
    24 components    Providence Creek Subcatchment P303    Hydrology, Climatology / Meteorology    Roger Bales, Matthew Meadows, Erin Stacy, Xiande Meng

    Providence, Upper Met, South aspect - Soil Moisture, Soil Temperature, Snow Depth, Air Temperature (2008-2015)
    24 components    Providence Creek Subcatchment P303    Hydrology, Climatology / Meteorology    Roger Bales, Matthew Meadows, Erin Stacy, Xiande Meng

  • Photos

    SSCZO - Meteorological Stations

    The Providence Creek upper meteorological station is located in a high elevation spot of the Providence Creek study area. Collocated at this site are three water balance instrument clusters to monitor snow depth, solar radiation, air temperature, soil water content, and soil temperature. The other meteorological station is located in a low elevation spot within the P300 catchment.  Instrumentation is similar to the upper elevation site.  

    A photo gallery of the Upper Met Station can be found here.

    A photo gallery of the Lower Met Station can be found here.

    SSCZO - Snowmelt Plots

    Prototype snowmelt plots were installed in Spring 2009. Additional snowmelt plot studies were conducted in WY2010-2011.

    A photo gallery of the snowmelt plots can be found here.

    SSCZO - Instruments

    Hundreds of instruments and sensors have been deployed in the primary SSCZO research site of the Providence Creek watershed as well as in Wolverton basin.  Additional SSCZO flux towers and instruments have also been installed at the San Joaquin Experimental Range, Soaproot Saddle, and Short Hair Creek.

    Explore more photos of the intstuments and sensors used by SSCZO.