What happens when the dominant tree species in a forest is killed off by an insect pest? Eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) is considered a foundation species with a range spanning… More
Last year, the AmeriFlux database hit a big milestone: 3000 years of site data in our half-hourly Flux/Met data (BASE) product! This achievement is a great testament to the collaboration… More
Learn how the AmeriFlux Loaner Program helped a new site, US-NSW (Newman Seasonal Wetlands), get running faster after supply chain disruptions led to product delays.
The AmeriFlux Annual Meeting this year was a hybrid event for the first time, after two years of completely virtual meetings. 74 attendees joined the meeting in-person at the University… More
We had no idea we would be able to keep our flux towers operational for now more than 20 years when we began in the spring of 2001 at Mead,… More
The ongoing rise in atmospheric methane concentration creates global urgency towards understanding sources and sinks and potential interventions to reduce methane emissions. Wetlands are significant sources of methane and many… More
The western US has experienced widespread increases in burned area in recent decades (Keeley and Syphard 2018; Bowman et al., 2020). In California and Oregon the largest and most destructive… More
As a college undergraduate, my advisor gave me the lofty responsibility of walking up and down the scaffold stairs of an eddy-covariance flux tower. My job was to swap out… More
Routinely, we have treated land segments as silos and gravitated our perspectives towards fluxes that are directed upward and downward. If you have ever had a leaky sink, one way to fix it would be to put a bucket underneath. But wouldn’t it make more sense to find and fix the core problem that is causing the leak? Nature perhaps is similar to the leaky sink, but on a far more complex scale, and the core problems are often from many different sources and sinks. So, what cause(s) our control volume to leak and unable to conserve energy?
From an operational comfort perspective (science be damned), ideally located flux sites should be placed somewhere easily accessible, near power connection and wireless data coverage, and, preferably, on solid ground…. More