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Title: Temperature and Soil Moisture Regimes In and Adjacent to the Fernow Experimental Forest

Author: Crews, Jerry T.; Wright, Linton;

Date: 2000

Source: Res. Pap. NE-713, Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 4 p.

Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)

Description: The effects of elevation, aspect, ambient air temperature, and soil moisture on soil temperature were examined in and adjacent to the Fernow Experimental Forest in West Virginia to determine the extent of frigid soils. The mean annual temperature of frigid soils ranges from 1? to 7?C at a depth of 50 cm; the difference between mean winter and mean summer temperatures exceeds 5?C. Soil temperature and moisture were measured and data on air temperature were collected at study sites on or near the Fernow from December 1994 to December 1997. Readings were taken 6 times during the year (January, February, June, July, August, and December) and the mean annual and seasonal soil temperatures were calculated. The winter (December-February) and summer (June-August) mean soil temperatures at each site were used to determine the extent of frigid soils. One soil was classified as frigid for 2 consecutive years.

Keywords: Forest soils, mesic soils, aspect, elevation

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Crews, Jerry T.; Wright, Linton 2000. Temperature and Soil Moisture Regimes In and Adjacent to the Fernow Experimental Forest. Res. Pap. NE-713, Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station. 4 p.

 


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