Scott Collins




Begun in fall 2006, this long-term study at the Sevilleta LTER examines changes in net primary production (NPP) caused by increased precipitation variability within a semiarid grassland. Net primary production is a fundamental ecological variable that quantifies rates of carbon consumption and fixation. Estimates of NPP are important in understanding energy flow at a community level as well as spatial and temporal responses to a range of ecological processes. While measures of both below- and above-ground biomass are important in estimating total NPP, this study focuses on above-ground net primary production (ANPP). Above-ground net primary production is the change in plant biomass, including loss to death and decomposition, over a given period of time. Volumetric measurements are made using vegetation data from permanent plots (SEV188, "Monsoon Rainfall Manipulation Experiment (MRME): Net Primary Production Quadrat Data") and regressions correlating species biomass and volume constructed using seasonal harvest weights from SEV157, "Net Primary Productivity (NPP) Weight Data."


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This dataset was originally published on the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network Data Portal,, and potentially via other repositories or portals as described. The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) of the source data package is doi:10.6073/pasta/9372a5dea415f041672cdc257c8429fd, and may be accessed at Metadata and files included in this record mirror as closely as possible the source data and documentation, with the provenance metadata and quality report generated by the LTER portal reproduced here as '*-provenance.xml' and *-report.html' files, respectively.


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Temporal coverage

2006-09-27 - 2014-12-31

Spatial coverage

The Monsoon site is located within Five Points Black Grama, just to the north of the grassland drought plots. On August 4, 2009, a lightning-initiated fire began on the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge. The Monsoon site was entirely burned on this date, with all plots subjected to fire of comparable intensity.



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knb-lter-sev.206.217925-metadata.html (100 kB)
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knb-lter-sev.206.217925-provenance.xml (3 kB)
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knb-lter-sev.206.217925-report.html (27 kB)
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sev206_monsoonbiomass_20150826.txt (200 kB)
Data in TXT format


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