I’m reporting on last week’s AmeriFlux Annual PI Meeting at the Bolger Center in Potomac, MD. We collected together in the handsome Stained Glass Hall, a former chapel complete with confessionals on one wall. We ended up with more than 70 people attending, with several DOE program managers visiting too. Peter Curtis and Dave Hollinger, AmeriFlux SSC members, organized this year’s meeting to emphasize interactive components; very successful. Peter introduced us to the
World Café, where we all brainstormed about the “next big questions” for AmeriFlux researchers. We had six breakout discussions, and our “reporters” produced hand-drawn posters to share with everyone. And we all went for a short jaunt to watch Jonathan Dandois’s UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) demonstration, taking off from the Bolger Center’s lawn, and making a short survey of a section of nearby forest.
DOE’s Gary Geernaert started the show with a description of the Climate and Environmental Sciences Division’s strategic plans. Dan Stover and Mike Kuperberg, from DOE’s TES program, talked about AmeriFlux from their perspective. Dennis Baldocchi (AMP co-PI) called for more synthesis activities...
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A quick interview with Cristina on a welcome rainy, blustery day in Berkeley: Cristina joined our AmeriFlux Management Project team late March 2014 as a postdoctoral researcher. While drinking coffee and staying warm in the LBNL cafeteria, she tells us a bit about herself.
“I am working primarily on the AmeriFlux project on Deb Agarwal’s data team. At first I’ll be focusing on post-processing flux data. I’m really excited to work with these rich data sets, and I’m also interested to see where the incoming high frequency data coming from the AmeriFlux core sites will take us—especially for the issue of low mixing at night, the high frequency data could reveal more detail. I’d like to explore the corrections for low mixing and effects on post-processed flux data...
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