In the summer of 2004 WMRS teamed up with the US Forest Service to establish two GLORIA monitoring sites, consisting of 4 peaks each, located in the eastern Sierra Nevada and in the White Mountains (see GLORIA map). On each peak a monitoring protocol has been set up, and baseline data recorded. The monitoring plan then calls for each site to be re-sampled at 5 year intervals. Changes in vegetation will be noted and correlated to other environmental variables such as soil temperature and air temperature.
Poster In November 2004 we prepared a poster for presentation at the American Geophysical Union meetings in San Francisco, summarizing the findings to date. View or download powerpoint version of poster
This is near the GLORIA site on White Mountain Peak, at an elevation of 14,060' above sea level. Several species of plants grow among the rocks. (8-3-04)
Installing plots and taking measurements on Mt. Barcroft 8-19-04
The 2004 White Mountain GLORIA transect summits are shown as yellow stars on the relief map at left. They range in elevation (top, left to bottom, right):
The 2004 transect summits were carefully chosen so as to be on dark-colored soils with granitic/metamorphic parent rock.
In contrast, the 2005 White Mountain GLORIA transect (candidate summits shown with blue question marks) will be on light-colored soils with carbonate parent rock. This soil type supports a very different vegetation community, providing and interesting contrast between the two parallel transects.