Luqillo Experimental Forest, Long-Term Ecological Research Network Office
Data Center Description
The Luquillo Experimental Forest Long-Term Ecological Research (LUQ) program is located in the Luquillo Mountains of eastern Puerto Rico. LUQ is part of a network of Long-term Ecological Research (LTER) programs in the United States (funded by the US National Science Foundation) and elsewhere, all of which address core research questions in the context of local research goals. The main goal of LUQ studies is to understand the long-term dynamics of tropical forest ecosystems characterized by large-scale, infrequent disturbance, rapid processing of organic material, and high habitat and species diversity. The results are of theoretical interest and contribute to conservation management goals and understanding of global change.