USA - Michigan

Project Overview

Areas of investigation
We propose two scales of investigation; large plot and landscape.
For the large plot scale, two experimental sites in Michigan are proposed:

  • Kellogg Biological Station Long-term Ecological Research Main Cropping System Experiment (KBS LTER MCSE)
  • Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) Scale-up Experiment (Marshall Farm and Lux Arbor Reserve)

For the landscape scale, we propose to investigate the

  • Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Regional Intensive Modeling Areas (GLBRC RIMAs)

This area covers nine counties in Michigan and four counties in Wisconsin. The Michigan counties encompass the large plot scale sites.

KBS LTER MCSE

Site Overview
A general site description of the KBS LTER and surrounding area can be found at http://lter.kbs.msu.edu/research/site-description-and-maps/general-description/.
 
The dominant soil series in the area are the Kalamazoo (fine-loamy, mixed, mesic Typic Hapludalfs) and Oshtemo (coarse-loamy, mixed, mesic Typic Hapludalfs) series. These soils occupy nearly level to rolling slopes. The Kalamazoo series consists of well drained soils that are moderately permeable in the upper part of the
profile and rapidly permeable in the lower part. More information is available at: http://lter.kbs.msu.edu/research/site-description-and-maps/soil-description/.
 
The Main Cropping System Experiment (MCSE) is the signature long-term experiment at KBS LTER. It was established in 1989 and is comprised of 4 annual crop treatments, 3 perennial crop treatments, and 4 successional communities. Seven treatments are located at the main site complex (http://lter.kbs.msu.edu/research/long-term-experiments/main-cropping-system-experiment/). Successional and Forest sites are located nearby (http://lter.kbs.msu.edu/research/long-term-experiments/successional-andforest- sites/).
 
 
GLBRC Scale-up Experiment
 
Site Overview
The GLBRC Scale-up experiment includes seven fields at two locations (Marshall Farm and Lux Arbor Reserve).
All Marshall Farm fields were in the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP; since 1987).
  • Marshall Farm - (Brome grass [control], Native prairie, Switchgrass, Continuous corn)
  • Lux Arbor Reserve – (Native prairie, Switchgrass, Continuous corn)
An eddy covariance flux tower is positioned at each of the seven sites. These towers measure the flow of CO2 into and out of the crop canopy and soil, allowing a complete carbon budget to be constructed. This provides information on rates of carbon sequestration and loss from these different systems.
 
GLBRC RIMAs - Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Regional Intensive Modeling Areas
 
Site Overview
The GLBRC RIMAs are multi-county areas in Michigan and Wisconsin used for quantitative modeling of biofuel
cropping systems at landscape scales.
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