skip to main content

Title: AmeriFlux US-KS2 Kennedy Space Center (scrub oak)

This is the AmeriFlux version of the carbon flux data for the site US-KS2 Kennedy Space Center (scrub oak). Site Description - The Kennedy Space Center Scrub Oak site is located within the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on the east coast of central Florida. Situated in a 10 ha scrub oak ecosystem, the surrounding stand was completely burned by a prescribed fire in 1996. The purpose of the burn was to control understory fuel load, which has been a common practice since 1969. Within a few weeks of the 1996 burn, the stand began to naturally regenerate from roots and rhizomes. Most scrub oak stands in the region undergo a 7 to 10 year disturbance cycle, mostly related to fire or hurricane activity. A severe drought gripped most of Florida beginning in 1998 until the later half of 2001 resulting in four years of relatively low amount of annual rainfall. Exceptionally high annual rainfall amount in 2004 was the result of a pair of hurricanes that hit the area in August and September of 2004. Prevaling wind directions for the site are as follows: W to NW in the winter, afternoon E seamore » breeze in the summer.« less
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
  2. University of Central Florida
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Resource Type:
Data Type:
Specialized Mix
Research Org:
AmeriFlux; Smithsonian Environmental Research Center; Univ. of Central Florida, Orlando, FL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA)
Country of Publication:
United States