Harvard Forest

Location

42° 32' 13.2" N, 72° 10' 22.8" W
Brief Site Description: 
Has developed integrated facilities for atmospheric, ecological, geographical, and biodiversity studies.
Detailed Site Description: 

The site is centrally located relative to major Northeastern biotic and environmental gradients in the Transition Forest Zone, a floristic tension zone formed by the range limits of northern and southern  taxa that is sensitive to future climate change.

Long-term climate change, disturbance history and vegetation  dynamics; comparison of community, population, and plant  architectural responses to human and natural disturbance; forest- atmosphere trace gas fluxes; organic matter accumulation,  decomposition and mineralization; element cycling, fine root  dynamics and forest microbiology.

Field Site Type: 
US affiliate
Registration: 
Registered
Network(s): 
LTER
LTSE
NEON
Geology: 
other metamorphic
Soil Order: 
Inceptisol
Average Winter Temperature: 
-12°C
Study Start Date: 
Tuesday, January 1, 1907 - 00:00
Mean Annual Precipitation: 
1 066millimeters / year
Average Annual Temperature: 
8°C
Average Summer Temperature: 
19°C
Hydrology: Name: 
Nelson Brook
Hydrology: Surface water stream order: 
Unknown
Hydrology: Surface water - Stream Flow Performance: 
Perennial
Hydrology: Groundwater: 
Unknown
Land Cover: 
Mixed Forest
Herbaceous Wetlands
Climate: 
Temperate
Sub-Climate: 
Humid
Group visibility: 
Public - accessible to all site users