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NEON Sampling Boundaries
Tower Airshed Boundary
This map depicts the spatial layout of this field site. Please note that some locations may have moved over time due to logistics, safety and science requirements.
This map was updated on December 11, 2018
Construction Status for this Site
Total data products planned for this site: 118
Site Host & Access Site Host:
State Forest, Dept. of Natural and Environmental Resources, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Is additional non-NEON research allowed at this site?:
Limited. At this time, the site host will allow a limited amount of non-NEON research activities in this area at their discretion. Researchers must obtain their own permits with the site host(s).
Site Characteristics Latitude/Longitude:17.96955, -66.8687 Elevation:143 m Mean Annual Temperature:25C/77F Mean Annual Precipitation:1168 mm Dominant NLCD Classes:
Juana diaz formation, a basal gravel to conglomerate overlain by limestone. Triassic.
Dominant Phenology Species:
Gymnanthes lucida, Pisonia albida, Bursera simaruba
Mean Canopy Height:
The mean canopy height is 10'.
Coarse, loamy, carbonatic, isohyperthermic. Typic Haplocalcids.
The dominant wind direction is south.
Data Collection Types
Airborne Remote Sensing Surveys
Remote sensing surveys of this field site collect lidar, spectrometer and high-resolution RGB camera data.
The flux/meteorological tower at this site is 72’ 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, a Double Fence Intercomparison Reference (DFIR) near the tower, and a series of throughfalls located in the soil array.
This site has one phenocam on the top of the flux tower and one near the bottom of the tower.
Soil Sensor Measurements
This site has five soil plots placed in an array within the airshed of the flux tower. The following measurements may be collected at the soil surface in each soil plot:
Photosynthetically Active Radiation (PAR) at soil surface
Soil heat flux
The following measurements are collected at multiple depths in each soil plot:
Field ecologists collect the following types of observational data at this site:
Small Mammals (2016-2017 data available, sampling currently suspended)
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Field Operations Office
45 Carr Ochoa
Guanica, PR 00653 United States