Field Station

Wayqecha

The Wayqecha Cloud Forest Biological Station is part of the conservation and research study conducted by the association for the Amazonian watershed ACCA.

Wayqecha is located at 2900 m. The research center extends from 2000 m to 3100 m and includes the upper limit of the tree line. The mean annual air temperature is 12.5 ± 0.05 ºC, and with a mean annual rainfall of 1706 mm yr-1, this is the wettest and coolest of all the field stations we work in. As temperatures at this station can reach below zero during the night, warm and waterproof equipment is a must have in the high Andes. The station provides comfortable facilities, meals and hot water. Nonetheless, the stunning views, comfortable lodges, and absence of insects makes this one of the most pleasant field stations to work in.

Learn more about the research carried out at Wayqecha in this film.

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Photos and images

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Uploaded 6 Feb 2014 by Cécile Girardin. Copyright © 2017.

Congratulations to the GEM team (Chris, Yadvinder & Liana) who co-authored a paper in Nature this week (cover story):

"The paper answers a long-standing question about the net carbon balance of the Amazon forest. It uses aircraft flights throughout the year at four different locations to measure the change in carbon dioxide concentration if air as it passes over the Amazon Basin. The study shows that in wet years and wet seasons the Amazon is a net sink (i.e. absorbs carbon) from the atmosphere, but in dry years and dry seasons it is carbon neutral or a source of carbon. Our main contribution in Oxford was to provide insight from our RAINFOR-GEM intensive monitoring plots across Amazonia, which suggest that the loss of the carbon sink was caused by a reduction in photosynthesis." (Y. Malhi blog, Feb 2014)

Gatti L.V., M. Gloor, J. B. Miller, C. E. Doughty, Y. Malhi, L. G. Domingues, L. S. Basso, A. Martinewski, C. S. C. Correia, V. F. Borges, S. Freitas, R. Braz, L. O. Anderson, H. Rocha, J. Grace, O. L. Phillips & J. Lloyd Drought sensitivity of Amazonian carbon balance revealed by atmospheric measurements, Nature 506, 76–80. Supplementary Info

Download the paper from here: http://is.gd/WZmcSs

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Latest news

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  • CHAMBASA: challenging attempt to measure biotic attributes along the slope of the AndesUnderstanding the carbon cycle of Andean ForestsKosnipata

    Message from William Farfan Rios (from Trocha Union):
    "I'm sending you some pictures of the new platform that we built in Trocha Union in the campsite close to the plot TRU-04. It was built with the effort and sweat of the UNSAAC students, some local people and the Chambasa. People who knows the place will appreciate this effort. Now this wonderful place will be even more beautiful to work, camp and enjoy the Nature.
    This infrastructure was possible thanks to Miles and Yadvinder's support."

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  • Wayqecha

    Photos from Wayqecha (3000 m) and Esperanza (2850 m).

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  • Kosnipata

    Dear Yadvinder

    Alex, Carlitos, Rudi, Flor, Jenifer and Jefferson finished installing a one-hectare plot in treeline between Acjanaco and Tres Cruces of the National Park of Manu.
    The elevation is 3500 m (0, 0) and its coordinate are 13º 08' 50.7"S, 71º 37' 57.6" W.

    Here are some photos of the one hectare plot.

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    Norma Salinas

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