Instrument_Ops Template Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. On the first sheet in column D, fill in the site ID, the site name, and the submission information including the person who is filling in the template (likely you).

 

  1. Enter the installation information for the instruments currently deployed at your site. Use a different column for each instrument (columns D and higher). For each instrument:
    • Enter “Installation” in the Instrument operations and maintenance type (INSTOM_TYPE) row.
    • Enter the instrument model in the INSTOM_MODEL row. Select from the list of controlled vocabulary (CV) for INST_MODEL on the LIST(xxx) sheet.
    • Enter the serial number in the INSTOM_SN row.
    • Enter the installation date in the INSTOM_DATE row. Use YYYYMMDD format.
    • Enter the instrument height above the ground surface in the INSTOM_HEIGHT row.
    • Optionally, enter the location of the instrument relative to the site reference point using the INSTOM_EASTWARD_DIST and INSTOM_NORTHWARD_DIST rows.

 

  1. If you are submitting data using the standardized variable names, link installed instruments to the variables they are measuring using a different column for each variable. Otherwise, skip to step 4. If you are submitting data using the standardized variable names, for each variable:
    • Enter “Variable map” in the INSTOM_TYPE row.
    • Enter the instrument model in the INSTOM_MODEL row. Select from the list of CV for INST_MODEL on the LIST(xxx) sheet.
    • Enter the instrument serial number in the INSTOM_SN row.
    • Enter the date the variable measured by the instrument was first reported to your regional network in the INSTOM_DATE row.
    • Enter the variable name in the INSTOM_VARIABLE_H_V_R row. Select the first part of the variable name from the VAR_CODE For example, for friction velocity, use the CV “USTAR”.   Then add positional indices to indicate the relative position of this measurement. If you are measuring a variable at a single location with no replicates, use 1s for the positional indices, e.g. USTAR_1_1_1. If you are measuring a variable at more than one location or taking replicate measurements at the same location, see the separate instructions for selecting positional indices at http://ameriflux.lbl.gov/data/aboutdata/data-variables/.

 

  1. Report the installation of instruments previously deployed at your site but since removed, going back to the start of data collection at the site if possible. Repeat step 2 for each installation. If you are submitting data using the standardized variable names, with each installation of an instrument, map the newly installed instrument to the variable or variables that it measured using step 3.

 

  1. For each installation of an instrument that has since been removed, also report the removal of the instrument in a separate column as follows:
    • Enter “Removal” in the INSTOM_TYPE row.
    • Enter the instrument model in the INSTOM_MODEL row. Select from the list of controlled vocabulary (CV) for INST_MODEL on the LIST(xxx) sheet.
    • Enter the instrument serial number in the INSTOM_SN row.
    • Enter the instrument removal date in the INSTOM_DATE row. Use YYYYMMDD format.

 

  1. Optionally, enter instrument calibrations in separate columns.
    • Enter “Field calibration”, “QAQC visit calibration”, “Lab calibration” or “Factory calibration” in the INSTOM_TYPE row.
    • Enter the instrument model in the INSTOM_MODEL row, selecting from the list of controlled vocabulary (CV) for INST_MODEL on the LIST(xxx) sheet.
    • Enter the instrument serial number in the INSTOM_SN row.
    • Enter the calibration date in the INSTOM_DATE row.
    • Optionally, enter gas analyzer calibration details in the INSTOM_GA_CO2_ZERO, INSTOM_GA_CO2_OFFSET and INSTOM_GA_CO2_OFFSET rows (and the related rows for H2O).

 

  1. Optionally, enter other types of operations and maintenance events such as disturbances (e.g. lightning strikes), firmware updates or cleanings. For the instrument operations and maintenance type (INSTOM_TYPE) row, select from the list of controlled vocabulary for INSTOM_TYPE on the LIST(xxx) sheet. For each event, also report the INSTOM_MODEL, INSTOM_SN, and INSTOM_DATE.

 

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