This study originated with the objective of parameterizing riparian evapotranspiration (ET) in the water budget of the Middle Rio Grande. We hypothesized that flooding and invasions of non-native species would strongly impact ecosystem water use. Our objectives were to measure and compare water use of native (Rio Grande cottonwood, Populus deltoides ssp. wizleni) and non-native (saltcedar, Tamarix chinensis, Russian olive, Eleagnus angustifolia) vegetation and to evaluate how water use is affected by climatic variability resulting in high river flows and flooding as well as drought conditions and deep water tables. Eddy covariance flux towers to measure ET and shallow wells to monitor water tables were instrumented in 1999. Active sites in their second decade of monitoring include a xeroriparian, non-flooding salt cedar woodland within Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and a dense, monotypic salt cedar stand at Bosque del Apache NWR, which is subject to flood pulses associated with high river flows. These are the meteorological data collected as part of this study.


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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/e6d60b447930c4fb5b44d1c99260c0f4, 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

1999-04-02 - 2011-12-31

Spatial coverage

South of Belen (Rio Communities, access off NM 304 via La Grima Rd.), east side of Rio Grande, approx. 7 km downstream (S) of NM 309 bridge over Rio Grande.Sevilleta NWR, west side of Rio Grande, approx. 1.5 km upstream (N) of San Acacia Diversion.La Joya State Game Refuge, west side of Rio Grande, approx. 3.5 km downstream (S) of Rio Puerco confluence with Rio Grande.Bosque del Apache NWR, west side of Rio Grande, approx. 1.5 km downstream (S) of NWR bridge over Low Flow Conveyance Channel.Albuquerque South Valley (access off Shirk Ln), east side of Rio Grande, approx. 1 km upstream (N) of U.S. Interstate 25 bridge over Rio Grande.



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