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Impact of tree canopy on thermal and radiative microclimates in a mixed temperate forest: A new statistical method to analyse hourly temporal dynamics

Gaudio, Noémie and Gendre, Xavier and Saudreau, Marc and Seigner, Vincent and Balandier, Philippe Impact of tree canopy on thermal and radiative microclimates in a mixed temperate forest: A new statistical method to analyse hourly temporal dynamics. (2017) Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 237-238. 71-79. ISSN 0168-1923

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.02.010


Forest shelter buffers microclimate, decreasing daily ranges of solar radiation and temperature, yielding higher minimum and lower maximum temperatures than those of open field. The most common way to analyse sets of these data is to compare mean, maximum and minimum values of climate parameters of open field and understorey conditions at daily, monthly or seasonal scales; however, this approach loses information about temporal dynamics. This study developed a statistical method to analyse hourly dynamics of temperature (T) and radiation (Rad) together and quantify effects of canopy openness and seasonality on these dynamics. Eight experimental sites were chosen in small gaps located in a temperate oak-pine forest (France), and five plots were established in each along a light gradient (i.e. a total of 40 plots),which delimited a transect along which T and Rad were measured hourly at a height of 200cm from May 2009 to March 2010. T and Rad were also measured in open field. A specific Principal Component Analysis(PCA) with an innovative graphical representation was performed on this dataset. This statistical method allowed hourly temporal dynamics of all data recorded to be analysed and included a chart to interpret the distribution of the data in the principal plane defined by the PCA. Except in winter, results demonstrate the well-documented buffering effect of the tree canopy on T, with higher minimum and lower maximum values in the forest understorey. This effect was especially pronounced for minimum T and increased as canopy grew denser.In summer,Tremained higher than expected in the understorey and was lower than expected in the open field, indicating thermal inertia in the understorey and an a priori cooling effect linked to wind or radiative losses during the night in the open field. The newly developed statistical method offers an innovative approach to better understand the tree canopy’s buffering effect on temporal dynamics.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-01597074
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - INRA (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Institut national de Recherche en Sciences et Technologies pour l'Environnement et l'Agriculture - IRSTEA (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université Clermont Auvergne - UCA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès - UT2J (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse 1 Capitole - UT1 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Institut National des Sciences Appliquées - INSA (FRANCE)
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