Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest

Location

43° 57' 1.8036" N, 71° 43' 23.5668" W
Brief Site Description: 
The Hubbard Brook Experimental had a long history of hydrobiogeochemical research. Recently, new hydropedology studies have been established.
Detailed Site Description: 

Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest is within the southern White Mountains of central New Hampshire (43°56’N, 71°45’W). HBEF is an ideal site to study hydrology and stream water chemistry because: (i) soils and drainage waters are base-poor and sensitive to atmospheric inputs; (ii) the landscape is representative of the northeastern U.S.; (iii) diverse hydrogeochemical research is done at the site providing long-term data on hydrology and geochemistry; and (iv) relatively impermeable bedrock and dense basal till allow construction of quantitative element budgets at a catchment scale (Likens and Bormann, 1995; Verry, 2003). Several hydrological and meteorological parameters have been monitored since 1955 (Bailey et al., 2003a). In addition, precipitation and stream chemistry have been measured in WS3 since 1963 (Likens and Bormann, 1995). Additional long-term measurements of forest floor and vegetation biomass, atmospheric chemistry, throughfall chemistry (Lovett et al., 1996), litterfall, mineral soil (Johnson et al., 1991a; b) and soil solution chemistry (Fuller et al., 1987; Driscoll et al., 1988) have been made. For information go to: http://www.hubbardbrook.org

Field Site Type: 
US affiliate
Registration: 
Registered
Network(s): 
LTER
LTSE
USFS
Geology: 
igneous-felsic intrusive
other igneous
metasediments
Soil Order: 
Inceptisol
Spodosol
Average Winter Temperature: 
-9°C
Study Start Date: 
Saturday, January 1, 1955 - 00:00
Mean Annual Precipitation: 
1 396millimeters / year
Average Annual Temperature: 
6°C
Average Summer Temperature: 
18°C
Hydrology: Name: 
Hubbard Brook
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: 
Deciduous Forest
Mixed Forest
Climate: 
Temperate
Sub-Climate: 
Humid