This data set reports the oxygen isotope signatures of water extracted from plant tissue (xylem from the stems and leaf tissue) and of atmospheric water vapor from twelve different sites (including both pasture and forest) throughout the Amazon region of Brazil. Samples were collected approximately every 4 months between 1999 and 2003 with additional samples collected monthly between January and May of 2003. In 2004 the collection of water samples from plant tissue continued at two sites, though water vapor collections were discontinued, and measurements of deuterium signatures were added to the analyses. In addition, water vapor from the troposphere was collected during a series of aircraft flights over the Tapajos National Forest in May of 2003 and analyzed for oxygen isotopes using the same methodology. There is one comma-delimited ASCII data file with this data set.
Cite this data set as follows:
Ehleringer, J., L.A. Martinelli, C. Cook, T.F. Domingues, L. Flanagan, J. Berry, and J.P. Ometto. 2011. LBA-ECO CD-02 Oxygen Isotopes of Plant Tissue Water and Atmospheric Water Vapor. 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/1008
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Project: LBA (Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in the Amazon)
LBA Science Component: Carbon Dynamics
Team ID: CD-02 (Ehleringer / Martinelli)
The investigators were Cook, Craig; Domingues, Tomas Ferreira; Ehleringer, James; Flanagan, Lawrence; Martinelli, Luiz Antonio; Ometto, Jean Pierre H.B., Berry, Joseph, and Lai, Chun-ta . You may contact Ehleringer, Jim (email@example.com).
LBA Data Set Inventory ID: CD02_O_H_Isotopes
This data set reports the oxygen isotope signatures of water extracted from plant tissue (xylem from the stems and leaf tissue) and of atmospheric water vapor from twelve different sites (including both pasture and forest) throughout the Amazon region of Brazil. Samples were collected approximately every 4 months between 1999 and 2003 with additional samples collected monthly between January and May of 2003. In 2004 the collection of water samples from plant tissue continued at two sites, though water vapor collections were discontinued, and measurements of deuterium signatures were added to the analyses. In addition, water vapor from the troposphere was collected during a series of aircraft flights over the Tapajos National Forest in May of 2003 and analyzed for oxygen isotopes using the same methodology.
Related data set:
Data are presented in one comma-delimited ASCII file:
|2||Site||Sampling site within the region.|
|3||Longitude||decimal degrees||Longitude of sampling site|
|4||Latitude||decimal degrees||Latitude of sampling site|
|5||Year||YYYY||Year of collection|
|6||Month||MM||Month of collection|
|7||Time||HHMM||Time at which sample was collected in local time 24 hour clock|
|8||Ecosystem||Ecosystem type: forest, lake, pasture or flight for atmospheric collections|
|9||Sample_type||Form in which sample was collected (leaf/stem/soil/rain/water vapor)|
|10||Description||Description of sample and/or sampling conditions where noted|
|11||Local_name||Common name of tree, shrub or grass where identified|
|12||Scientific_name||Scientific name of tree, shrub or grass with family in parenthesis where noted|
|13||delta_18O||parts per mil||Isotopic ratio of 18O/16O referenced to SMOW|
|14||delta_D||parts per mil||Isotopic ratio of deuterium to hydrogen referenced to SMOW|
|15||Sampling_height||meters||Height in meters (m) at which sample was collected|
|Missing values are indicated as 9999. Year, month, and collection time only are reported; no day of collection provided.|
|Missing character values: "not provided"|
Example data records:
Manaus,ZF2 km 14,-2.58900,-60.11520,1999,3,1645,Forest,leaf,random sampling,
not provided,not provided,11.28,9999,25
Manaus,ZF2 km 14,-2.58900,-60.11520,1999,3,1715,Forest,leaf,random sampling,
not provided,not provided,17.02,9999,0.5
Rondonia,Fz N Senhora,-10.7618,-62.3572,2000,9,1215,Pasture,leaf,grass W54,
not provided,not provided,10.3,9999,0.4
Rondonia,Fz N Senhora,-10.7618,-62.3572,2000,9,1220,Pasture,leaf,grass W55,
not provided,not provided,12.5,9999,0.3
Santarem,km 83,-3.01639,-54.95083,2002,3,1430,Forest,water vapor,5 min.,
not provided,not provided,-13.16,9999,31
Santarem,km 83,-3.01639,-54.95083,2002,3,1430,Forest,water vapor,6 min.,
not provided,not provided,-11.72,9999,21
Site boundaries (All latitude and longitude given in decimal degrees)
|Site (Region)||Westernmost Longitude||Easternmost Longitude||Northernmost Latitude||Southernmost Latitude||Geodetic Datum|
|Rondonia - F2 N Senhora (Rondonia-Fazenda Nossa Senhora)||-62.35720||-62.35720||-10.7618||-10.7618||World Geodetic System, 1984|
|Amazonas (Manaus) - ZF2 km 34 (Amazonas (Manaus))||-60.20917||-60.20917||-2.60907||-2.60907||World Geodetic System, 1984|
|Para Western (Santarem) - km 67 Primary Forest Tower Site (Para Western (Santarem))||-54.95900||-54.95900||-2.85700||-2.85700||World Geodetic System, 1984|
|Para Western (Santarem) - km 67 Seca-Floresta Site
(Para Western (Santarem))
|-55.0000||-55.0000||-2.75000||-2.75000||World Geodetic System, 1984|
|Para Western (Santarem) - km 83 Logged Forest Tower Site (Para Western (Santarem))||-54.97070||-54.97070||-3.01700||-3.01700||World Geodetic System, 1984|
|Para Western (Santarem) - km 77 Pasture Tower Site
(Para Western (Santarem))
|-54.88850||-54.88850||-3.02020||-3.02020||World Geodetic System, 1984|
|Para Western (Santarem) - km 117 Tower Site
(Para Western (Santarem))
|-56.00000||-56.0000||-1.0000||-1.0000||World Geodetic System, 1984|
|Para Western (Santarem) - Mojui
(Para Western (Santarem))
|-54.57917||-54.57917||-2.76667||-2.76667||World Geodetic System, 1984|
|Amazonas (Manaus) - ZF2 km 14 (Amazonas (Manaus))||-60.11520||-60.11520||-2.58900||-2.58900||World Geodetic System, 1984|
|Amazonas (Manaus) - ZF3 Fazenda Dimona
|-59.00000||-59.00000||-2.00000||-2.00000||World Geodetic System, 1984|
|Rondonia - Jaru Biological Reserve Tower A (Rondonia)||-61.93090||-61.93090||-10.08320||-10.08320||World Geodetic System, 1984|
Platform/Sensor/Parameters measured include:
The oxygen isotope ratio (delta 18O) of atmospheric CO2 is a powerful indicator of large-scale CO2 exchange on land. Oxygen isotope exchange between CO2 and water in leaves and soils controls the delta 18O of atmospheric CO2. The data presented here can be used to validate current models including the Craig-Gordon model. These data can also be used to calculate discrimination against isotopically 'heavy' CO2 during photosynthesis for both pasture and forest ecosystems.
Standard samples were run along with the field samples for all analyses to check the calibration of the instruments. There are no known problems with the data.
The sites were located within the Amazon Basin near Santarem, Manaus, and Ji-Parana, Brazil. In each region, measurements were collected at forest and pasture sites. Each of the forest sites were primary evergreen forests (‘‘terra firme’’) with a mean canopy height of 30–35 m, although some emergent trees reached 45– 50 m. The primary forest site near Santarem was located 67 km south of the city, in an area between the Tapajos River and the highway BR 163. The forest covers an area of 600,000 ha and was established as a national forest in 1974 (FLONA Tapajos). The Santarem pasture site was located 77 km south of Santarem. The Manaus forest site was located 70 km from the city, in a forest reserve controlled by the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Amazonicas (INPA). The Manaus pasture site was located about 60 km from the forest site, along a secondary road (ZF-3). The grass at this site had less vigorous growth than the Santarem pasture grass. The Ji-Parana primary forest site (Rebio Jaru,) was a reserve controlled by the Brazilian Environment Protection Agency (IBAMA), located north of Ji-Parana (80 km), by the Machado River (120 m above sea level). The pasture site (Fazenda Nossa Senhora da Aparecida) was a cattle ranch 50 km northeast from Ji-Parana (Ometto et al., 2005).
Plant tissue water and water vapor from the canopy:
Water samples were collected to characterize the stable isotope ratios of different water compartments in pasture and forest ecosystems. Xylem water samples were collected from stems to determine plant water sources in the soil. Leaves were sampled for their leaf water, and atmospheric water vapor was trapped so that leaf water values could be modeled. The leaves and stems were collected from several heights within the forest canopy, placed immediately inside individual glass vials sealed with a rubber stopper and wrapped with Parafilm. The samples were kept cold (0-5 degrees C) in the field and later frozen in the lab. Tropospheric water vapor was collected by flights of a small airplane from the surface to above PBL. Air was pumped at different moments through dry ice water traps.
Water was extracted from the samples using cryogenic vacuum distillation (Ehleringer et al. 2001). Oxygen isotope ratios for all water samples were determined by equilibration of water with CO2 (Socki et al. 1999). Measurements of the oxygen isotope composition of the equilibrated CO2 were performed by online injection of CO2 into a coupled gas chromatograph and isotope ratio mass spectrometer (Delta Plus, Finnigan MAT, Bremen), operating in a continuous flow mode (Fessenden et al. 2002).
This data is available through the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC).
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Ehleringer, J.R., J. Roden, and T.E. Dawson. 2001. Assessing ecosystem-level water relations through stable isotope ratio analyses, in Methods in Ecosystem Science, O.E. Sala, R.B. Jackson, H.A Mooney, and R.W. Howarth, pp 181-198, Springer Verlag, New York.
Fessenden, J.E., C.S. Cook, M.J. Lott, and J.R. Ehleringer. 2002. Rapid 18O analysis of small sized water samples using a continuous-flow isotope ratio mass spectrometer. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometery 16:1257-1260. doi:10.1002/rcm.711
Helliker , B.R., J.S. Roden, C.S. Cook, and J.R. Ehleringer. 2002. A rapid and precise method for sampling and determining the oxygen isotope ratio of atmospheric water vapor. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 16:929-932. doi:10.1002/rcm.659
Hodnett, M. G., M. D. Oyama, J. Tomazella, and A. de O. Marques Filho. 1996. Comparisons of long term soil water storage behavior under pasture and forest in three areas of Amazonia. Pages 79–100 in J. H. C. Gash, C. A. Nobre, J. M. Roberts, and R. L. Victoria, editors. Amazonian deforestation and climate. John Wiley and Sons, Chichester, UK.
Ometto, J.P.H., L.B. Flanagan, L.A. Martinelli, and J.R. Ehleringer. 2005. Oxygen isotope ratios of waters and respired CO2 in Amazonian forest and pasture ecosystems. Ecological Applications 15(1):58-70. doi:10.1890/03-5047
Socki, R. A., C. S. Romanek, and E. K. Gibson. 1999. On-line technique for measuring stable oxygen and hydrogen isotopes from microliter quantities of water. Analytical Chemistry 71:2250-2253. doi:10.1021/ac981140i