A long-term Monitoring network in Kentucky: Linking climate change to carbon and water
use efficiencies, and soil properties We are measuring soil physical and chemical properties to understand the soil-vegetation
interactions using site and satellite measurements.
Evaluating links between eastern deciduous tree phenology and climate We are measuring phenology of 30 tree species across Murray State campus as part of
the USA National Phenology Network (US-NPN).
Influence of Environmental Variables on the Seasonal Development of LAI in Western
Kentucky. Students are weekly measuring leaf area index (LAI) at Murray State Hancock Biological
Station (HBS) during the growing season. The aim of this study is to develop a phenology
model to predict the start and the end of the growing season. Soil profile temperature
and soil moisture are continuously measured at HBS for 6 different soil depth (5cm,
15cm, 25cm, 35cm, 45cm, 55cm). We are also adding measurements of soil oxidation at
15cm, 25cm, 35cm, and 45cm and sap flow measurements. The figure shows the data logger
Modeling Evapotranspiration based solely on remote sensing data The goal of this project is to develop a model for monitoring terrestrial ecosystem
transpiration at different time-scales (weekly, monthly, annually) using satellite
Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR-2): Chapter 10: Grasslands