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Luquillo Experimental Forest: catchment science in the montane tropics
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  • William McDowell,
  • Miguel Leon,
  • Michelle Shattuck,
  • Jody Potter,
  • Tamara Heartsill-Scalley,
  • Grizelle Gonzalez,
  • James Shanley,
  • adam wymore
William McDowell
University of New Hampshire College of Life Sciences and Agriculture
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Miguel Leon
University of New Hampshire College of Life Sciences and Agriculture
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Michelle Shattuck
University of New Hampshire
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Jody Potter
University of New Hampshire
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Tamara Heartsill-Scalley
USDA IITF
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Grizelle Gonzalez
USDA IITF
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James Shanley
US Geological Survey
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adam wymore
University of New Hampshire
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Abstract

Catchments in the Luquillo Mountains of Puerto Rico are warm, wet, and tropical with steep elevational relief creating gradients in temperature and rainfall. Long-term objectives of research at the site are to understand how changing climate and disturbance regimes alter hydrological and biogeochemical processes in the montane tropics and to provide information critical for managing and conserving tropical forest ecosystems globally. Measurements of hydrology and meteorology span decades, and currently include temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloud base, throughfall, groundwater table elevation, and stream discharge. The chemistry of rain, throughfall, and streams is measured weekly, and lysimeters and wells are sampled monthly to quarterly. Multiple data sets document the effects of major hurricanes including Hugo (1989), Georges (1998), and Maria (2017) on vegetation, biota, and catchment biogeochemistry and provide some of the longest available records of biogeochemical fluxes in tropical forests. Here we present an overview of the findings and the data sets that have been generated from the Luquillo Mountains, highlighting their importance for understanding montane tropical watersheds in the context of disturbance and global environmental change

Peer review status:Published

02 Oct 2020Submitted to Hydrological Processes
03 Oct 2020Submission Checks Completed
03 Oct 2020Assigned to Editor
15 Oct 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
15 Nov 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
17 Nov 2020Editorial Decision: Revise Major
19 Jan 20211st Revision Received
19 Jan 2021Assigned to Editor
19 Jan 2021Submission Checks Completed
19 Jan 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
22 Jan 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
23 Jan 2021Editorial Decision: Revise Minor
12 Mar 20212nd Revision Received
13 Mar 2021Submission Checks Completed
13 Mar 2021Assigned to Editor
13 Mar 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
15 Mar 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
15 Mar 2021Editorial Decision: Accept
Apr 2021Published in Hydrological Processes volume 35 issue 4. 10.1002/hyp.14146