Volcán Barva (04.01.2011 to 06.30.2011)

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Year: 
2011
Quarter: 
April - June
Communications activities: 

The Site Manager gave a talk and carried out a field trip to show about  “Volcan Barva TEAM Project, Costa Rica for 20 students of  NAPIRE – OTS course.

The Site Manager gave a talk about results of “Volcan BarvaTEAM Project, Costa Rica for 12 students of   Research Undergraduate Students REU-OTS Course.

The Site Manager gave two talks about  “Volcan Barva TEAM Project, Costa Rica for  15 tourists of La Selva Biological Station.

The Site Manager gave a talk to celebrate tree day and about the importance of monitoring vegetation plots for people of MINAET (Environment Ministry).

The Site Manager attended two meetings with academic and government people from REDMEF (Red de Monitoreo de Especies Forestales). They are working on the implementation of a network of monitoring on permanent plots of vegetation in Costa Rica. TEAM vegetation plots now are part of this network as well.

Unusual Events at the TEAM Site: 

There were not unusual events at the VB TEAM site.

New Species: 

There were no new species found at this time

Protocol Activities: 

We have completed the climate sampling from the new weather station scheduled up to date. The climate data from March up to June were submitted in the new data entry form version 3.0. The height profile, site and station pictures were updated. Rain gauge was tested and it was working well. The temperature and RH sensor was removed and replaced for a new calibrated one.

All data field forms for calibration of the first year of climate station, status of sensors, data, site/station photos and maintenance were submitted on the TEAM webpage.

All vegetation plots were measured up to date and the vegetation data from March up to June were submitted as well in the new data entry form version 1.5.

All arrays of terrestrial vertebrates sampling scheduled up to date were carried out. All pictures were also submitted on Deskteam and the cards and DVD was sent to Washington.-

Protocol Problems: 

There were no protocol problems

Schedule Problems: 

There were no schedule problems

Logistical Problems: 

There were no logistical problems

Suggestions: 

I would like to understand much better the part of the climate protocol about how to register heavy rainfall events. I think this is only possible when the climate station is located in the same field base station. is that correct?