Spatial and seasonal variation in leaf temperature within the canopy of a tropical forest

A. Camilo Rey-Sánchez, Martijn Slot, Juan M. Posada, Kaoru Kitajima

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Abstract

Understanding leaf temperature (Tleaf) variation in the canopy of tropical forests is critical for accurately calculating net primary productivity because plant respiration and net photosynthesis are highly sensitive to temperature. The objectives of this study were to (1) quantify the spatiotemporal variation of Tleaf in a semi-deciduous tropical forest in Panama and (2) create a season-specific empirical model to predict Tleaf in the canopy. To achieve this, we used a 42 m tall construction crane for canopy access and monitored the microenvironment within the canopy of mature, 20-35 m tall trees of 5 tropical tree species during the wet and the dry season. Tleaf was correlated to photosynthetic photon flux density (PPFD) in the wet season but not in the dry season, possibly due to seasonal differences in wind speed, physiology, and canopy phenology. A structural equation model showed that Tleaf is best explained by air temperature (Tair) and PPFD in the wet season, whereas in the dry season, Tair alone predicted most of the variation in Tleaf. These results suggest the utility of an empirical approach to estimate Tleaf variability where simple meteoro logical data are available. This approach can be incorporated in future models of vegetation-atmosphere carbon and water exchange models of mature tropical forests with similar seasonality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-89
Number of pages15
JournalClimate Research
Volume71
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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spatial variation
seasonal variation
canopy
Photons
Air
temperature
Fluxes
dry season
Temperature
photon flux density
Photosynthesis
Physiology
Cranes
wet season
Carbon
Productivity
Water
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  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Atmospheric Science

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Rey-Sánchez, A. Camilo ; Slot, Martijn ; Posada, Juan M. ; Kitajima, Kaoru. / Spatial and seasonal variation in leaf temperature within the canopy of a tropical forest. In: Climate Research. 2016 ; Vol. 71, No. 1. pp. 75-89.
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In: Climate Research, Vol. 71, No. 1, 2016, p. 75-89.

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