General Site Information
Site Name:GLEES
Tower Team: PI: Bill Massman <> - USDA Forest Service
PI: John Frank <> - USDA Forest Service
PI: Rob Hubbard <> - USDA Forest Service
Elevation (m):3197
IGBP:ENF (Evergreen Needleleaf Forests: Lands dominated by woody vegetation with a percent cover >60% and height exceeding 2 meters. Almost all trees remain green all year. Canopy is never without green foliage.)
Mean Annual Temperature (degrees C):0.80
Mean Annual Precipitation (mm):1200
Data Products: FLUXNET2015 Dataset
Data Availability: FLUXNET2015:   11 years (Duration: 2004 - 2014)
Data Downloads to Date: FLUXNET2015:   2327 unique downloads
Data DOIs: FLUXNET2015 DOI: 10.18140/FLX/1440069
Description:The Glacier Lakes Ecosystem Experiments Site (GLEES) site is located on land owned by the U.S. government and managed by US Forest Service as part of the Medicine Bow National Forest. Many of the trees in the immediate vicinity of the site are older than 400 years, inter-dispersed among trees much younger in age. This widespread age distribution is most likely a derivation of one of two scenarios: 1) A widespread stand replacement about 400 years ago followed by a slow replacement; 2) Intermittent random disturbances over the past 400 years (Bradford et al. 2008). A decade long spruce beetle outbreak that peaked in 2008 resulted in the mortality of 85% of the forested basal area. There are a few private land holdings in the area, with scattered uncorked mining claims. Following the establishment of the National Forest, mining was banned and grazing was closed in the early 1990's in the upper portion of the GLEES site. Recreation in the winter, when snow can remain in patches into the summer months, snow mobiling and cross country skiing are popular. During the limited summer, hiking, camping and fishing are common activities. The site is accessible by vehicle only during the summer on Forest Road FDR 317, and in the winter, the tower is only reachable via snowmobile.
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