Long-Term Monitoring by the LUQ-LTER
The Luquillo LTER monitors several variables on a long-term basis to assess natural patterns and changes due to hurricanes and other disturbances. Among those variables are climate, flowering and fruiting phenology of common trees, stream water chemistry and discharge, and animal populations (shrimp, coqui, lizards, snails, insects).
The LFDP was marked and set aside as a long-term forest dynamics plot in 1990. Its dimensions are 500 x 320 m or 16 hectares. The plot is routinely monitored to assess populations of shrubs, trees, and animals, investigate natural disturbance patterns and land-use legacies, and understand changes in tree community composition and diversity. Periodic censuses of plants, animals, and environmental conditions are the only activities allowed within the plot.
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