Central Arizona - Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Site

Location

33° 25' 48" N, 111° 55' 48" W
Brief Site Description: 
Sonoran Desert scrub, urban parks, residential, interior remnant desert patches.
Detailed Site Description: 

Research - How do the services provided by evolving urban ecosystems affect   human outcomes and behavior, and how does human action  (responses) alter patterns of ecosystem structure and function, and ultimately, urban sustainability, in a dynamic environment?

annual precip:  < 400 mm mean; annual soil T:  Hyperthermic: > 22C; Ecoregion: warm subtropical; Slope (%): 2 - 5  %; elevation: 200 - 500  m; geological material:  age of rock from Precambrian to Quaternary,  Precambrian and Tertiary granitic rocks are common,  Abundant volcanic rocks, rhyolitic to basaltic, and Mesozoic to  Quaternary. Gneiss and schist, all mostly Precambrian and Mesozoic. Limestone, sandstone, quartzite and shale are mostly Paleozoic,  Mesozoic and Cenozoic in age.

Data available - soil solid: pH, acidity, OC, N, macro- and micronutrients, bulk density, chemical contaminatants;  vegetation: above ground biomass

Field Site Type: 
US affiliate
Registration: 
Unregistered
Network(s): 
LTER
LTSE
Geology: 
other sedimentary
igneous-felsic intrusive
Soil Order: 
Aridisol
Entisol
Average Winter Temperature: 
12°C
Study Start Date: 
Wednesday, January 1, 1997 - 00:00
Mean Annual Precipitation: 
250millimeters / year
Average Annual Temperature: 
17°C
Average Summer Temperature: 
34°C
Hydrology: Name: 
Gila & Salt Rivers
Hydrology: Surface water stream order: 
Fifth Order
Hydrology: Surface water - Stream Flow Performance: 
Perennial
Hydrology: Groundwater: 
Arrangment of Aquifer Components - Single, dominant unconfined aquifer
Land Cover: 
Developed- High
Barren Land
Agriculture- Crops
Climate: 
Mediterranean
Sub-Climate: 
Arid
Group visibility: 
Public - accessible to all site users