Flux towerInstrumentsSolar PanelsSpartina alterniflora

The research site for this study is located in the Everglades National Park near the Gulf of Mexico. A flux tower was erected in 2003 and it has been recording the energy exchanges across the forest-atmosphere interface.
Hurricane Wilma was a category 5 hurricane and made landfall in 2005, devastating about 30% of the trees near the flux tower. This one-time event of hurricane Wilma will provide us with a rare opportunity to track the recovery process of the ecosystem.
Only recently has flux data been processed during post-Wilma periods, which will allow us to quantify the effects of Hurricane Wilma on the energy fluxes at our study site.
Meteorological variables, such as wind speed, air temperature and solar radiation, are recorded above and within the canopy to learn the variables driving water vapor and energy exchanges between the forest and the atmosphere. The method of eddy covariance, consisting of 3-D sonic anemometer and open path gas analyzer, is used to estimate carbon, water vapor, and energy fluxes.