Site: Jornada Basin LTER

Researchers conduct fieldwork in the Chihuahuan Desert of New Mexico.
Credit: ASU

Using long term observations and a water balance approach, JRN LTER researchers determined that small watersheds on piedmont slopes are large contributors to groundwater recharge on the Jornada Basin. This was one of the first studies to quantify groundwater recharge in arid region first-order watersheds.