Cordillera del Balsamo

Location

0° 35' 59.64" S, 80° 25' 12" W
Brief Site Description: 
Tropical Dry Forest, Coastal, Deforested
Detailed Site Description: 

The central coast of Ecuador is a dry tropical forest. The seasonal N-S movement of the El Nino and Humboldt Currents creates a rainy season (De-May) and a dry season (June-November). Annual precipitation is approximately 700 mm, falling almost exclusively in the rainy period. The coast of Ecuador has been heavily deforested—as much as 98% by some accounts. The Cordillera del Balsamo, which lies to the south of Bahia de Caraquez is managed by local landowners and the international NGO: Global Student Embassy. The location is ideal for studying disturbance gradients across the tropical dry forest: a bioregion on which over 700 million people worldwide depend.

Field Site Type: 
TBD
Registration: 
Unregistered
Network(s): 
TBD
Geology: 
unconsolidated materials
shale
igneous-felsic intrusive
Soil Order: 
Unknown
Study Start Date: 
Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 00:00
Mean Annual Precipitation: 
500millimeters / year
Average Annual Temperature: 
25°C
Hydrology: Surface water stream order: 
First Order
Second Order
Hydrology: Surface water - Stream Flow Performance: 
Ephemeral
Hydrology: Groundwater: 
Unknown
Land Cover: 
Deciduous Forest
Mixed Forest
Shrubland
Climate: 
Tropical
Sub-Climate: 
Dry
Group visibility: 
Public - accessible to all site users