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SAFARI 2000 PAR MEASUREMENTS, KALAHARI TRANSECT, BOTSWANA, WET SEASON 2000
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Summary:

Ceptometer data from a Decagon AccuPAR (Model PAR-80) were collected at four sites in Botswana during the SAFARI 2000 Kalahari Transect Wet Season Campaign (March, 2000). These sites are Maun, Pandamentanga, Ghanzi/Okwa River Crossing, and Tshane. The measurements were taken near stake flags placed at 25 m intervals along three parallel 750 m transects located 250 m apart. The ceptometer contains 80 photosynthetically active radiation (PAR) sensors fixed at 1 cm intervals along a wand and connected to a control box. The sampling protocol followed in general was to first measure above canopy incident PAR, then canopy reflected PAR, then above canopy incident PAR again, and finally, canopy transmitted PAR. The data can be used to compute fraction of photosynthetically active radiation (FPAR), intercepted PAR, leaf area index (LAI), and gap fraction. These data currently exist in raw format, but can be processed using manufacturer-provided software to estimate the derived products.

The data are stored as ASCII files, in csv format, organized by site, with one file per transect. Incident, transmitted, and reflected PAR radiation values for a transect and site are in the same file. The type of measurement for each data point is known due to comments in the data files. For the Maun and Pandamatenga sites, there is an additional file containing above canopy PAR irradiance. The PAR data units are ┬Ámol m-2 s-1, and the time is in Local Time. There is also a readme file, in txt format, for each site.

Data Citation:

Cite this data set as follows:

Privette, J. L., Y. Tian, Y. Wang, R. J. Scholes, and R. B. Myneni. 2005. SAFARI 2000 PAR Measurements, Kalahari Transect, Botswana, Wet Season 2000. Data set. Available on-line [http://daac.ornl.gov/] from Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.A. doi:10.3334/ORNLDAAC/794.

References:

Privette, J. L., Y. Tian, G. Roberts, R. J. Scholes, Y. Wang, K. Caylor, and M. Mukelabai. 2004. Vegetation structure characterization and relationships in Kalahari woodlands and savannas. Global Change Biology, 10(3): 281-291.

Scholes, R. J., P. G. H. Frost, and Y. Tian. 2004. Canopy structure in savannas along a moisture gradient on Kalahari sands. Global Change Biology, 10(3): 292-302.

Data Format:

The data are stored as ASCII files, in csv format, organized by site, with one file per transect. Incident, transmitted, and reflected PAR radiation values for a transect and site are in the same file. The type of measurement for each data point is known due to comments in the data files. For the Maun and Pandamatenga sites, there is an additional file containing above canopy PAR irradiance. The PAR data units are micromols per meter squared per second (┬Ámol m-2 s-1), and the time is in Local Time. There is also a readme file, in txt format, for each site.

Sample Data:

ABOVE CANOPY PAR 1644.8
SEGMENTED PAR
BELOW PAR SEGMENT [1] 107.3
HOURS:MINUTES:SECONDS 10:55:29
MONTH/DAY/YEAR 3/12/00
COMMENT
W375R
SEGMENTED PAR
BELOW PAR SEGMENT [1] 290.3
HOURS:MINUTES:SECONDS 10:56:14
MONTH/DAY/YEAR 3/12/00
COMMENT
W375T

The COMMENT line contains the flag sampled (i.e., location on transect) and measurement type (i.e., R = reflectance and T = transmittance). See Sampling Scheme section in the companion file for details.

Additional information about the study sites, instrumentation, sampling scheme, and data quality is found in the companion file: http://daac.ornl.gov/daacdata/safari2k/field_campaign/kt_par/comp/kt_par_readme.pdf.

Document Information:

2005/2/25

Document Review Date:

2005/2/25

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Document URL:

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