Field Trip: Tour of the Southern Sierra

MEETING/CONFERENCE | EDUCATION/OUTREACH

a post-workshop field trip following Mountain Observatories: A Global Fair and Workshop on Social-Ecological Systems

Reno, NV, to multiple sites in Southern Sierra range
A post-conference trip through the Southern Sierras

GLORIA monitoring plots on a ridge near Mt. Dana and Tioga Pass. The Gaylor Lake & ridge hike (Day 2) lies nearby.

Explore snow and ecosystem monitoring sites in the Southern Sierras in this post-workshop field trip following the event Mountain Observatories: A Global Fair and Workshop on Social-Ecological Systems.

July 20-22, 2014
organized through a partnership between the Forest Service, the National Park Service, and the Southern Sierra CZO

Presented by: 

Connie Millar, PhD, Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station
Alice Chung-MacCoubrey, PhD, National Park Service Inventory & Monitoring
Erin Stacy, MS, Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory, UC Merced

Registration for the trip is limited to 20 persons.

Registration for this event is now closed. Click here to view the program from Mountain Observatories: A Global Fair and Workshop on Social-Ecological Systems.

GLORIA monitoring plots on a ridge near Mt. Dana and Tioga Pass. The Gaylor Lake & ridge hike (Day 2) lies nearby.


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Full itinerary of the Southern Sierra field trip


Photos

SSCZO - Southern Sierra Tour 2014

Check out several sites from the planned Southern Sierra Tour, a field trip following Mountain Observatories: A Global Fair and Workshop on Social-Ecological Systems.

You can see more photos from the sites along the trips in the full album here.

SSCZO - Flux Towers

An eddy covariance flux tower is located near the top of the P301 watershed. Instruments collect data on temperature, relative humidity, and fluxes of carbon dioxide and water vapor to determine the physiological responses of the site (for example, how photosynthesis increases with light) and summed over a year to determine the carbon balance of a site (how much carbon it is gaining or losing). Three other flux towers have been instrumented at different elevations with the Sierras including the San Joaquin River, Soaproot, and Short Hair Creek.

This west-east transect spans elevation gradient from 400 m to 2700 m. The change in elevation is accompanied by a slight increase in precipitation, but the main change is a shift from rain-dominated precipitation to snow-dominated precipitation. The climatic shift plays out in other ways as well. At lower elevations, high temperatures and low water availability limit evapotranspiration by vegetation. Meanwhile, forest activity (evapotranspiration) at higher elevations is limited by cold winter temperatures. There is a sweet spot at middle elevations of yera-round evapotranspiration and forest activity.

Photo galleries of each flux tower are available: San Joaquin Experimental Range;  Soaproot SaddleProvidence subcatchment P301; and Short Hair Creek.

SSCZO - SJER field area

This gallery showcases the landscape, vegetation, equipment and facilities at the SJER field area. 

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