The Spring Valley Station was installed and began collecting data in the summer of 2016. Located at an elevation of around 7,100ft (2,160m), the station is located in a pinyon-juniper and sagebrush ecosystem. This particular location is of interest because there is some research that shows changes toward a drier climate may lead to a transition from pinyon juniper habitat to a more sage-dominated system. This station is powered by solar panel and data are collected manually on a monthly basis.

This station was installed in June of 2016 with assistance from AGCI’s summer intern. In addition to serving as a long-term monitoring site, it also offers a chance for student learning opportunities with the nearby Colorado Mountain College campus.

Soil at a glance:

Clay | 2.1 % organic matter | 0.7 ppm NO3 | 2.8 ppm P | pH 6.5

Measurements:

Air Temperature | Relative Humidity | Soil Moisture at 2, 8, and 20in (5, 20, and 51cm) | Soil Temperature at 8in (20cm)

Data are shared via cellular transmission several times daily. UPDATE June 13, 2022: Cellular transmission from this station are temporarily stopped as we transition from 3G to 5G capable logger boxes, currently on-order. Data are still being collected, however, until the transition is complete, these data can only be downloaded manually. Please contact Elise eliseo@agci.org) to request the most current available data.

Archived data have been cleaned and calibrated.

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This station was funded by the Aspen Community Foundation and is managed by AGCI.