Rainfall interception in three secondary stages of Tropical wet Forest, Guanacaste National Park, Costa Rica.

The rainfall interception was determined by evaluating gross rainfall, canopy throughfall and stemflow in three secondary stages of Tropical wet Forest in the Guanacaste National Park, Costa Rica. Species composition, tree diameter and tree total height were measured in three temporal plots. The Veg...

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Main Authors: Calvo-Alvarado, Julio, Jiménez-Rodríguez, César, de Saá-Quintana, Miquel
Format: Artículo
Language: Español
Published: Editorial Tecnológica de Costa Rica 2012
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Online Access: https://revistas.tec.ac.cr/index.php/kuru/article/view/355
http://hdl.handle.net/2238/12547
Summary: The rainfall interception was determined by evaluating gross rainfall, canopy throughfall and stemflow in three secondary stages of Tropical wet Forest in the Guanacaste National Park, Costa Rica. Species composition, tree diameter and tree total height were measured in three temporal plots. The Vegetal Area Index (VAI) and the Holdridge Complexity Index (HCI) were estimated to describe the forest structure. The trial was carried out from July to October 2007; measured total rainfall during the sampling period was of 491,2 mm for the Intermediate stage and 706,1 mm in the Early and Late stages. The rainfall interception shows a pattern of increment with the maturity of the three stages of forest succession maturity.