It’s not often that you get to see a total solar eclipse from your own back yard. It’s even rarer when your eddy covariance flux site, 300 miles away, is also in the path of totality. That’s just the situation we found ourselves in. On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse crossed our research site in the Nebraska SandHills (US-SdH). Being a long-time amateur astronomer, it presented an opportunity that we just couldn’t miss.

To capture the spring release of greenhouse gasses from bog lakes, a team of intrepid UW-Madison researchers installed eddy covariance buoys on two frozen bog lakes in northern Wisconsin in March. These buoys provided under the loaner instrument program (LI-7700) by the AmeriFlux Management Project for the AmeriFlux Year of Methane are continually measuring carbon dioxide and methane fluxes and will continue doing so as ice melts and as the buoys settle into their summer home on the open water.

  This post was authored by Camilo Rey-Sanchez (current PostDoc at UC Berkeley, Biomet Lab) for the AmeriFlux Year of Methane. If you have done chamber measurements of methane (CH4) flux in wetlands, you have probably noticed a high spatial heterogeneity in your data. If you are lucky, you have gone further to identify certain… More

AmeriFlux showcased the Year of Methane action year at the 2019 Annual Meeting with an oral session, methane posters, and three methane breakout discussions. Ruminants, Forests, and Wetland Management The Year of Methane talks illustrated the variety of new directions enabled by methane flux measurement. Dave Hollinger, a Forest Service research scientist, gave the invited… More

The Science How will forests cope as droughts become more frequent and severe? Piñon-juniper woodlands in the American Southwest are a model system for understanding the effects of drought on trees due to the frequent periods of water stress that characterize this region. Moreover, the dominant tree species in this ecosystem display markedly different drought… More

Thanks to all who attended the 2018 AmeriFlux Data-Tech Workshop and PI Meeting in Bloomington, Indiana. A special thanks to Kim Novick and team for their outstanding hospitality. All of you contributed to making these events a great success. Presentations available now! The AmeriFlux Data and Tech Workshop presentations are now available. The 2018 AmeriFlux… More