Moab NEON - United States of America

The Moab Canyonlands Ecological Research site (MOAB) is a relocatable terrestrial site within NEON's Domain 13: Southern Rockies and Colorado Plateau. The MOAB site is located approximately 40 km south of the town of Moab and is characteristic of the Colorado Plateau. MOAB was selected with other sites that share a similar latitude in domains 10, 13, and 15, to assess dust generation, nutrient transport, and nutrient deposition. The western half of the site, including the tower airshed, is a grazed shrub land, often with pockets of barren soil. To the east, in the higher elevations, evergreen forests sit atop the mesas. Biological soil crust, dominated by cyanobacteria, is a living groundcover across the area. Remote sensing surveys of this field site collect lidar, spectrometer and high-resolution RGB camera data. The flux/meteorological tower at this site is 26’ with 4 measurement levels.The tower top extends above the vegetation canopy to allow sensors mounted at the top and along the tower to capture the full profile of atmospheric conditions from the top of the vegetation canopy to the ground. The tower collects physical and chemical properties of atmosphere-related processes, such as humidity, wind, and net ecosystem gas exchange. Precipitation data are collected by a tipping bucket at the top of the tower and a series of throughfalls located in the soil array. This site has five soil plots placed in an array within the airshed of the flux tower. Field ecologists collect the following types of observational data at this site: Terrestrial organisms (birds, ground beetles, mosquitoes, plants, small mammals, soil microbes, ticks), Biogeochemical data, and and soil data.Total data products planned for this site: 113

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Creator Melissa Marquez
Publisher Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Europe
Contributor DEIMS-SDR Site and Dataset registry
Publication Year 2020
Rights No conditions apply to access and use; no limitations to public access
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Contact marquez(at)
Language English
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Discipline Atmospheric Sciences; Atmospheric chemistry; Biology; Biospheric Sciences; Chemistry; Ecology; Geosciences; Life Sciences; Natural Sciences
Spatial Coverage (-109.445W, 38.203S, -109.331E, 38.291N)