The results of long-term biogeochemical and ecological research on the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire will be assembled, synthesized and published. The quantitative records of precipitation and streamwater amount and chemistry are now the longest, continuous biogeochemical records of this type in the world, representing a treasure-trove of information relevant to current environmental problems, such as acid rain, N-deposition and rising levels of atmospheric CO2. This synthesis will evaluate the linkages between forested watersheds and associated aquatic ecosystems of the Northern Forest Ecoregion, will detect and evaluate changes in ecosystem structure and function (such as water quantity and quality), will test questions of ecosystem function (such as nitrogen saturation), will evaluate response to disturbance, such as climate change, commercial forestry practices, acid rain, and major hydrologic fluctuation (drought or deluge), and will help establish baselines for evaluating change.

For researchers and decision makers grappling with solutions to major environmental issues, such carefully documented and synthesized, long-term data are essential to a quantitative perspective on biogeochemical change and to advance the theoretical underpinnings of ecology. Without such long-term and landscape-scale data, there are only limited abilities to detect the magnitude and direction of ecosystem change in New England.

Project Report

- Award ID 1119217 - 17 July 2014 The results of long-term biogeochemical and ecological research at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire are actively being assembled, synthesized and published. The quantitative records of precipitation and stream water amount and chemistry are now the longest, continuous biogeochemical records of this type in the world, representing a treasure trove of information relevant to current environmental problems, such as acid rain, N-deposition and rising levels of atmospheric CO2. This synthesis evaluates the linkages between forested watersheds and associated aquatic ecosystems of the Northern Forest Ecoregion, detects and evaluates changes in ecosystem structure and function (such as water quantity and quality), tests questions of ecosystem function (such as nitrogen saturation), evaluates response to disturbance, such as climate change, commercial forestry practices, acid rain, and major hydrologic fluctuation (drought or deluge), and establishes baselines for evaluating change. The major writing project, for which my OPUS was funded, was completed and published in 2013: Revision of Biogeochemistry of a Forested Ecosystem as the third edition (see below). Also, a draft of a monograph is complete and ready to be submitted for publication on "Biogeochemical Legacies of Disturbance." This monograph will be submitted to Ecological Monographs. For researchers and decision makers grappling with solutions to major environmental issues, such carefully documented and synthesized, long-term data are essential to a quantitative perspective on biogeochemical change and to advance the theoretical underpinnings of ecology. Without such long term and landscape-scale data, there are only limited abilities to detect the magnitude and direction of ecosystem change in New England. Likens, G.E. 2013. Biogeochemistry of a Forested Ecosystem. Third Edition. Springer. 208 pp. -- Table of Contents Chapter 1. Ecosystem Analysis Chapter 2. Hydrology Chapter 3. Chemistry Chapter 4. Input-Output Budgets Chapter 5. Weathering Chapter 6. Nutrient Cycles and Mass Balances Chapter 7. The Northern Hardwood Ecosystem in the Hubbard Brook Valley in Relation to Other Forest Ecosystems Chapter 8. Summary Discussion and Conclusions Epilog

Agency
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Institute
Division of Environmental Biology (DEB)
Application #
1119217
Program Officer
Henry L. Gholz
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
2011-07-01
Budget End
2014-06-30
Support Year
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$101,553
Indirect Cost
Name
Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Department
Type
DUNS #
City
Millbrook
State
NY
Country
United States
Zip Code
12545