Updated 7/19/16:  Registration is open! The 2016 AmeriFlux Annual Principal Investigators Meeting takes place Wednesday evening, September 21, through Friday, September 23, 2016. All members of the AmeriFlux Community are welcome. Let’s celebrate the AmeriFlux Network’s 20th Anniversary! Place: Golden, Colorado—Denver West Marriott Hotel, about 35 miles from the Denver Airport. Lodging deadline: August 30, 2016 Registration:  $150… More

AmeriFlux Management Project offers a useful resource to all AmeriFlux sites: backup of high-frequency data and many other kinds of information related to the site. These can include photos of your site, scanned pdfs of your handwritten field notebook pages, and other kinds of data Only the team uploading the data has access to the backups; these files… More

The AmeriFlux Portable Eddy Covariance System (PECS) is used to evaluate data quality at sites in the AmeriFlux network. The PECS is deployed side-by-side for short deployments (10-14 days). The current PECS was designed and built by Dave Billesbach. The Tech Team has two PECS which allows simultaneous deployments. The PECS may be operated in different configurations depending… More

Data shared through the AmeriFlux Network, and globally through FLUXNET, offer a unique tool to answering scientific questions across different spatial and temporal scales. This is only possible through the collective effort of individuals making measurements at their own sites, and taking extra effort to share the data. Enabling answers to these kinds of questions is motivation enough… More

Martin Beland (at Laval University, Canada) just sent us the white paper he co-wrote with Geoffrey Parker, David Harding, Chris Hopkinson, Laura Chasmer, and Alexander Antonarakis. Thanks from the community to the authors! See AmeriFlux Reports. “Our aim is to inform the AmeriFlux community on existing and upcoming LiDAR technologies (atmospheric Doppler or Raman LiDAR often deployed at flux… More

From the AmeriFlux-Community listserv. Thanks to Joydeep Bhattacharjee for asking, and David for this answer Joydeep: How do PIs across the network protect their equipment on towers against damage from lighting? David:  This question ought to unleash a flood of information and opinions, since lightning protection of sensitive instruments is a black art, similar to… More

What is Our Method?

(Dennis Baldocchi, author.) I have a new graduate student who is taking introductory classes with a diverse group of environmental science students. In their discussions, they are comparing how each one does their science. So in our weekly discussions, the question came back to me as to “What is our Method?” This is a good… More