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2018 AmeriFlux Data and Tech Workshop

2016's AmeriFlux Data and Tech Workshop on tour at Niwot Ridge.

2016’s AmeriFlux Data and Tech Workshop on tour at Niwot Ridge.

October 22–23, 2018—Bloomington IN
Organizers Deb Agarwal (Data) and Sébastien Biraud (Tech)

Registration is now closed.

Our host, the Morgan-Monroe tower team, led by Kim Novick, is excited to celebrate the tower’s 20th year of continuous operation by showcasing recent research results (and associated methodologies) spanning a range of topics, including tree response to drought, links between below-ground processes and above-ground dynamics, and impacts of long-term land use change on local carbon, water, and energy budgets. We will be joined by representatives from the Indiana Division of Natural Resources and Purdue University, who will provide an introduction to local forest management challenges, and ongoing research in Morgan-Monroe designed to address them.

The workshop will be held at the Division of Forestry’s Training Center, nestled in the middle of Morgan-Monroe State Forest, Martinsville, IN. On Tuesday 10/23, participants will visit the Morgan-Monroe State Forest AmeriFlux tower site (US-MMS), located approximately 20-25 minutes north of Indiana University’s campus. Southern Indiana usually experiences peak fall color in mid-October, so it should be a beautiful time for a walk in the woods.

If you have ideas for topics, or special requests, contact Deb Agarwal (Data Team) or Sébastien Biraud (Tech Team). This workshop is free.

Lodging: Two hotel options—(1) Primary: Marriott Courtyard Bloomington, 310 S. College Avenue, Bloomington IN; (2) Overflow: Hyatt Place Bloomington, 217 West Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington IN, tel: +1 (812) 339-5950. These are the same hotels as for the AmeriFlux PI Meeting (Oct 24-25, 2018).

Travel tips: Bloomington is located at 45 miles south from Indianapolis Airport. The drive typically takes about 1 hour, without traffic. Indianapolis is an efficient airport that is entirely walkable and usually free of long security lines. A shuttle runs between the Airport and Downtown Bloomington. It costs $23 each way, and can drop you off at several area hotels, including the Bloomington Hilton Garden Inn, which is located less than two blocks from the convention center/Marriot (where many attendees will be staying). The same company also offers a “car service” which is expense for 1-2 people, but more reasonable for larger groups. Reservations are required for both the shuttle and the car service. There are also many options for renting a car. However, we are organizing carpools to the workshop site, so you don’t have to rent a car.

Driving directions from Bloomington to workshop location: Starting at North Walnut and State Road 46 bypass, Head north on North Walnut Street approximately 1.5 miles, to the first traffic light. Turn right onto Old State Road 37 and head north for approximately 10 miles, turn right into the Morgan-Monroe State Forest main entrance. The office is 5 miles inside the entrance, at Fire Headquarters, first door of the first building on the left inside the compound.

AmeriFlux student travel fellowships (for either or both Data-Tech Workshop or the Annual PI Meeting): We are fortunate this year that the AmeriFlux Management Project can offer two $500 student fellowships to reduce their travel costs. Decision will be made quickly, so successful applicants can make arrangements. To apply for one of these fellowships, please email Trevor Keenan (—(1) Explain briefly how you would benefit from attending the AmeriFlux PI Meeting (and the AmeriFlux Data-Tech Workshop, if you want to attend that as well); (2) Explain briefly why you need financial assistance. Application period now closed.

US-MMS flux tower, photo by Steve Scott.