AMP webinar series

Welcome to the page on all things AMP Webinar. The AmeriFlux Management Project (AMP) series focuses on sharing a wide range of information relevant to the AmeriFlux community (e.g., website updates, tutorials on accessing AmeriFlux data, etc.). We want to provide helpful tools for flux scientists, every step of the way – from generating flux data to using them in cool science!

The AmeriFlux Management Project team designed its webinar series in response to the impacts of COVID-19 on AmeriFlux work and operations, out of a desire to strengthen information sharing between the AMP project team and members of the AmeriFlux community. While this series focuses on practical tutorials, also keep an eye on the associated science seminar series that we are co-sponsoring with the FLUXNET Early Career Network!

Our webinars are open to all, access is free, and registration is required. We will use virtual meeting software zoom for live webinars and provide links to recordings after the event. You don’t need to install zoom or have an account. Find out how to run it from a browser here.

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Upcoming AMP Webinars

June 3, 9:00-10:00 AM Pacific Time: Step-by-Step: Ready your site for ONEFlux Processing (AMP Team)

This webinar is for site teams that want to prepare their flux data for ONEFlux Processing by the AmeriFlux Management Project (AMP) Team. We will present an overview of the entire data processing pipeline that produces the AmeriFlux FLUXNET data product using the ONEFlux processing codes. The AmeriFlux FLUXNET data product contains gap-filled micromet and flux variables, partitioned CO2 fluxes, estimates of energy-balance-closure coefficients, and estimates of uncertainties. We will describe each preparation step in detail:

  • confirming your AmeriFlux BASE data have the required and suggested variables,
  • entering height and sensor data via the Variable Information tool,
  • and selecting variables for BADM Variable Aggregation that are representative of tower footprint.

Finally, we’ll offer tips for smooth processing. We look forward to working with you to generate the AmeriFlux FLUXNET data product for your site(s)!

Register here.

Past AMP Webinars

June 24: AMP Workshop on Data QA/QC Self-Review Training

In this video, we summarized the new Data QA/QC self-review process and explained the designs and outputs of Data QA/QC modules.

Download the slide deck here. A recording can be found here

April 27 2022, 12-1:30 PM Pacific Time: Year of Water webinar – Water Limitations on ET

1) Dr. Kiona Ogle (Northern Arizona University): Identifying the timescales over which indices of moisture availability influence ecosystem carbon and water fluxes

Description: Both antecedent (past) and concurrent environmental conditions (such as moisture availability) simultaneously govern ecosystem processes such as net and gross ecosystem exchange of CO2 (e.g., NEE) and evapotranspiration (ET). The relative importance of antecedent conditions can vary over time and across different ecosystem types, and quantifying the timescales over which those conditions are influential is key to predicting ecosystem responses. This webinar will focus on approaches to exploring the varied timescales over which water limitation affects carbon and water fluxes, and the unique opportunities afforded by flux tower data to rigorously quantify associated lagged responses and antecedent effects of moisture-related drivers.

2) Dr. Steven Kannenberg( University of Utah):  Quantifying the drivers of dryland carbon-water cycling across the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum

Description: Dryland ecosystem processes are highly temporally variable due to transient hydrological dynamics and tightly coupled carbon-water cycles. As such, drylands are poorly represented in many vegetation and land surface models. However, an enhanced understanding of dryland ecosystem function is unfortunately limited by the lack of long-term, co-located, continuous measurements of vegetation physiology, hydrology, and ecosystem fluxes. At a piñon-juniper woodland in southeastern Utah, we amassed a continuous dataset of meteorological conditions, soil water potential from surface to bedrock, tree water potential, and ecosystem carbon and water fluxes. In this talk, I will discuss our efforts to: 1) quantify the drivers of plant water potential and ecosystem fluxes, 2) understand the impact of precipitation pulses on ecosystem function, and 3) uncover the data necessary to properly predict ecosystem processes in this region.

3) Dr. Matt Dannenberg (University of Iowa): Exceptional heat and atmospheric dryness amplified losses of primary production during the 2020 U.S. Southwest hot drought

Description: During summer and autumn 2020, the U.S. Southwest experienced one of the most intense “hot droughts” on record, with record-low precipitation and record-high air temperature and vapor pressure deficit (VPD) across the region. We use this natural experiment to evaluate the effects of hot drought on GPP and decompose those negative GPP anomalies into their constituent meteorological and hydrological drivers. We found a 140 Tg C (>25%) reduction in GPP below the 2015-2019 mean, by far the lowest regional GPP over the Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite record. More than half of the estimated GPP loss was attributable to low soil moisture (likely a combination of record-low precipitation and warming-enhanced evaporative depletion), but record-breaking VPD amplified the reduction of GPP, contributing roughly 40% of the GPP anomaly. VPD is very likely to continue increasing over the next century, likely substantially amplifying drought-induced GPP reductions.

4) Dr. Tonantzin Terrazas ( Instituto de Ecología, UNAM, Mexico): Partitioning evapotranspiration in a multi-species shrubland using stable isotopes (d18O)

A recording can be found here.

Highlight: MexFlux Webinar Series “Conozcamos los observatorios de MexFlux”

March 4-April 8, every Friday at 2 PM Mexico City time

The webinar series is organized by the MexFlux network, and supported by AMP.

This webinar series will be presented in Spanish!

Vegetation Type Date Speaker Site Hosted by Recording
Crop lands Mar-04-2022 Julio Rodriguez Hermosillo, Sonora Tonantzin Tarin
and Enrico Yepez
Crop lands Mar-04-2022 Friso Holwerda La Orduña, Veracruz Tonantzin Tarin
and Enrico Yepez
See above
Shrubland Mar-04-2022 Stephen Bullock El Mogor, Baja California Tonantzin Tarin
and Enrico Yepez
See above
Tropical dry forest Mar-11-2022 Nidia Rojas Alamos, Sonora Alejandro Cueva Link
Temperate forest Mar-11-2022 Gregorio Angelez Atopixco, Hidalgo Alejandro Cueva See above
Tropical dry forest Mar-11-2022 Eugenia Gonzalez Chamela, Jalisco Alejandro Cueva See above
Mangrove Mar-18-2022 Luis Mendez Navopatia, Sonora Samuel Villegas Link
Mangrove Mar-18-2022 Susana Alvarado Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo Samuel Villegas See above
Coastal lagoon Mar-18-2022 Zulia Sanchez San Carlos, Sonora Samuel Villegas See above
Mangrove Mar-25-2022 Martha Vargas El Sargento y Tobari, Sonora Eugenia
Shrubland Mar-25-2022 Enrique González Bernal, Queretaro Eugenia
See above
Other Networks in Mexico Mar-25-2022 Michel Grutter OMECCA project at Calakmul Eugenia
See above
Urban Apr-1-2022 Erick Velazco CDMX, Mexico Susana Alvarado-
Urban Apr-1-2022 Eli Perez Juarez, Chihuahua Susana Alvarado-
See above
Shrubland Apr-1-2022 Enrico Yepez Rayón & Tesopaco, Sonora Susana Alvarado-
See above
Grassland Apr-08-2022 Josue Delgado Ojuelos, Jalisco Eli Perez Link
Shrubland Apr-08-2022 Dulce Florez San Isidro, Coahuila Eli Perez See above
Shrubland Apr-08-2022 Alejandro Castellanos La Colorada, Sonora Eli Perez See above

April 1, 12-1:30 PM Pacific Time: Year of Water webinar – Land-Atmosphere Interactions

Land-atmosphere interactions play an important role in regional and global climate systems. Observations at AmeriFlux sites have helped us to better understand land-atmosphere feedbacks. Combined with observations of the atmospheric boundary layer, which connects the land surface to the free atmosphere, these feedbacks can be further scrutinized. This webinar highlights how both observations and modeling of land-atmosphere interactions can advance our understanding of the water and carbon cycle at AmeriFlux sites.

Confirmed speakers:

1) Juliet Pilewskie and Susanne Wiesner (University of Madison – Wisconsin): Can we quantify eddy covariance footprint variability and source area characteristics using radiosondes?

In the summer of 2019 a group of students launched several radiosondes over the course of a week during the CHEESEHEAD19 experiment to understand boundary layer height variations over time, as well as to quantify differences in the contribution of vegetation types to carbon, energy and water fluxes measured at several eddy covariance towers. Here we give a brief overview of what we learned, which includes documenting temperature and humidity variabilities and magnitudes over different vegetation types, which can be quantified using radiosonde information below the boundary layer height, to better account for variable flux footprint characteristics.

2) Adam Young (Northern Arizona University): Disentangling the relative contribution of multiple drivers to seasonal variation in evapotranspiration across a continental-scale aridity gradient

Evapotranspiration (ET) is a significant ecosystem flux, governing the partitioning of energy at the land surface. Understanding the seasonal pattern and magnitude of ET is critical for anticipating a range of ecosystem impacts. Our analysis used > 100 site years from 20 co-located AmeriFlux and PhenoCam sites to identify the relative controls of seasonal variability in ET, as well as how these controls vary among ecosystems. In this talk, we present our findings from structural equation modeling that highlight how the key drivers of seasonality in bulk surface conductance and evaporative fraction varied among energy- and water-limited ecosystems.

3) Ryann Wakefield (CIRES/NOAA GSL): Observational utility of mixed-layer mixing diagrams to quantify planetary boundary layer budgets 

Mixing diagrams (Betts 1992; Santanello et al. 2009) are a valuable tool for quantifying the relative contributions of planetary boundary layer (PBL) heat and moisture budget components toward daytime PBL evolution. This talk will demonstrate how mixed-layer-based mixing diagrams can be applied to atmospheric and surface flux observations to estimate entrainment fluxes. Observations are imperfect, however, so this talk will also show how uncertainty from various observational sources can be incorporated into the framework.

4) Yunyan Zhang (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory): Local convections and their interactions with the land surface

Continental shallow cumulus clouds, their transition to deep convection, and their interactions with land surface are very important processes in the climate system. In this study, comprehensive ground-based ARM observations and high-resolution GOES-R satellite measurements are used to investigate the effect of land cover and land heterogeneity length scales on locally generated convections.

A recording can be found here.

February 23/24: AMP Workshop on Data AQ/QC automation

In this video, we summarized our current Data QA/QC process and explained which tests we run for Format QA/QC and Data QA/QC in order to create the published data sets.

Download the slide deck here. A recording can be found here (1st part) and here (2nd part).

January 28, 12-1:30 PM Pacific Time: Year of Water webinar – Sap Flow: Applications, Challenges, and Opportunities

Sap flow measurements have been used by ecophysiologists and ecohydrologists for the past several decades to characterize plant water transport. In addition to improving our understanding of plant-level water dynamics, sap flow data can enhance our understanding of key hydrologic processes within an eddy covariance footprint and within a modeling framework. However, much like eddy covariance data, researchers need to carefully account for challenges associated with instrumentation, data processing, and data interpretation. This webinar highlights four perspectives on important insights that can be gained from sap flow data.

Confirmed speakers:

1) Victor Flo (Imperial College of London, Department of Life Sciences (Silwood Park), Margarita Salas Postdoctoral fellow, Ministry of Universities, Spain):  “Uncertainty in sap flow methods, best practices and new technologies”

Sap flow measurements provide reliable estimates of whole plant transpiration. Although all methods are subjected to measurement uncertainty, their sources of error are well known and can potentially be addressed with calibrations at site and species level. In addition, a new generation of more accurate and cheaper probes will extend the number of sap flow sensors installed and improve estimates of stand transpiration.

2) Georgianne W. Moore (Professor Ecology and Conservation Biology, Texas A&M University):  “Heat dissipation sensors enter a new age: Navigating frontiers in transpiration and hydrologic function”

Thermal dissipation (TD) sensors have been used extensively for a wide array of sap flow applications, and yet recently several limitations of this approach have been identified, including a tendency to underestimate absolute flows, especially in small stems with very high flows. However, when used properly, the TD method remains the most cost effective and reliable approach for determining relative flows in comparison studies. This presentation synthesizes results from numerous field studies and provides guidance on addressing key methodological challenges. The development of “smart” calibration approaches that correct for fundamental effects of radial variation inherent in thermal dissipation studies is discussed.

3) Yakir Preisler (Post-doctorate research fellow, John A. Paulson School Of Engineering And Applied Sciences and at the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University): “Forest tree survival under dry conditions: what enables it and what are the challenges in measuring it?”

Surviving and developing in dryland ecosystems with low water availability and high atmospheric demand for water is a huge challenge for forest trees and is also a challenging task for forest ecophysiologists to measure. Capturing the ecophysiological process at different spatial and temporal resolutions, under harsh conditions is a complicated and important mission. We will explore how these trees survive, what are the main limiting and driving forces, and what are the challenges involved in understanding and measuring that.

4) Ashley M. Matheny (Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin): “Trends in plant-water dynamics shed light on complex ecosystem processes”

Often considered supplementary to meteorological and eddy covariance observations, data surrounding water acquisition, storage, and use in vegetation can reveal key plant characteristics which define ecosystem responses to perturbation. New ground and satellite based measurement technologies can now enable feasible, scalable approaches to understanding vegetation hydrodynamics on short timescales (minutes to days). This talk will focus on the centrality of these data for understanding and predicting water, carbon, and energy fluxes in a changing climate.

A recording can be found here.


October 29, 12-1:30 PM Pacific Time: Year of Water webinar – Soil water potential and Soil water content

The Year of Water Committee is pleased to announce a new webinar series for the Ameriflux community to enhance discussion of several topics identified from the Year of Water kickoff meeting survey and discussion this past spring. The overall goal of these webinars is to provide background material and stimulate discussion around specific measurements related to water that are being made at many flux sites including: basics of making these measurements, and specific applications and uses of data in remote sensing and modeling.

Confirmed speakers:

1)      Kim Novick (University of Indiana)/Russ Scott (USADA-ARS, Southwest Watershed Research Center): “Emerging opportunities for in-situ soil water monitoring”
2)      Mike Cosh (USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory): “Soil moisture sensing and sparse networks”
3)      Andrew Fedlman (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center): “Remote sensing of soil/vegetation water content – Examples of what can be learned”
4)      Nina Raoult  (LSCE, Department of Modeling the Climate and Biogeochemical Cycles): “Using soil water potential and soil moisture to optimize land surface model performance”

This is a 90-minute webinar on zoom! You do not need a zoom account to join; you can join from the desktop client OR the web client. The webinar will be recorded and available on our youtube channel later.

Look for upcoming webinars in the spring:  Sap flux, and Water in Arid/Semi-Arid Environments

We are also open to suggestions for upcoming webinars, please let us know if you are interested in suggesting a topic or helping to organize one.

A recording of the webinar can be found here.

October 13, 1PM Pacific Time: Onboarding and Orientation for new sites

This webinar is aimed at new flux tower teams – those who joined the network in the last 1-3 years or are thinking about joining! Learn about the resources and advantages of being a member of the AmeriFlux network, and meet the team members who are available for tech and data support. Ask your burning questions and leave with the knowledge of what it means to be an AmeriFlux member site!

Download the slide deck here. A recording of the webinar can be found here.

August 25, 2 PM Pacific Time: Exploring modern timeseries analysis techniques with FLUXNET data

Speaker: John Zobitz, Augsburg University, MN

Curious about Granger Causality, transfer entropy, convergent cross mapping, and how to use them? Well so am I! These timeseries analysis tools provide powerful methods to analyze flux data and to probe causal effects between fluxes and environmental variables. This “how-to” seminar will provide a brief introduction to these techniques, build out a use-case scenario with sites from the FLUXNET 2015 dataset, and provide you with usable code (in R) to continue your own exploration with these techniques.

A recording of the webinar can be found here. Find John’s slides and code used in the presentation here.

July 20 1 PM Pacific Time: Early Career Researchers Spotlight 3/3: español

  • Samuel Villarreal (Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, México) – Fluxnet representativeness across Latin América / Representatividad de Fluxnet en Latinoamérica.
  • Susana Alvarado-Barrientos (Instituto de Ecología, México) – Ecohydrology and surface-atmosphere fluxes in non- water limited ecosystems: mangrove and cloud forest zone / Ecohidrología y flujos superficie-atmósfera en ecosistemas no limitados por agua: manglar y zona de bosque nuboso
  • Eli R. Perez-Ruiz (Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, México) – Seasonal Water-Carbon Dynamics in Dryland Landscapes of Southwestern USA and Northwestern Mexico.
  • Dulce Flores-Rentería (CINVESTAV Saltillo, México) – Experiences in the implementation of an Eddy covariance station in the semi-arid scrub of the Chihuahuan desert, Coahuila, México / Experiencias en la implementación de una estación de flujos turbulentos en el matorral xerófilo del Desierto Chihuahuense, Coahuila, México.

A recording of the webinar can be found here.

July 6 11AM Pacific Time: Early Career Researchers Spotlight 2/3: English presentations


  • Bhaskar Mitra, Texas A&M University
  • Lisa Haber, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Steve Kannenberg, University of Utah
  • André Santos, PPGEA/UFPR

A recording of the webinar can be found here.

June 29 2021, 11 AM Pacific Time: Early Career Researchers Spotlight 1/3: English presentations

  • Sophie Ruehr, UC Berkeley
  • Tonantzin Tarin, The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
  • Donovan Davis, Texas A&M University
  • Victor Hugo da Motta Paca, UFPA – Universidade Federal do Pará

A recording of the webinar can be found here.

May 19 2021, 2 PM Pacific Time: Fieldwork Safety (AMP Tech Team)

This webinar will be all about fieldwork safety. We invite all AmeriFlux stakeholders to participate to contribute to the discussion, although it is aimed at individuals who manage or conduct fieldwork. The main topic will be developing a site safety plan but we will include discussions on specific topics including working alone and working at height. We will encourage audience engagement by using small breakout rooms, so come prepared to interact.

Download the slide deck here. A recording of the webinar can be found here.

April 27 2021, 11 AM Pacific Time: Webinar for data users: how to use AmeriFlux data

AmeriFlux data has many uses, from understanding carbon cycling and ecophysiology to benchmarking models and remote sensing observations. In this webinar we will explore different approaches to using AmeriFlux data, and learn from the experiences of other data users and providers.

Download the slide deck here. A recording of the webinar can be found here.

March 23 2021, 11 AM Pacific Time: Submitting BADM in CSV format

BADM (Biological, Ancillary, Disturbance, and Metadata) can now be submitted using CSV files! In this webinar, we will describe the BADM CSV reporting format and how site teams can use new online BADM resources to customize their submission. Community members using BADM may also find this webinar helpful as we explain new online resources, which include BADM organization, definitions, and examples.

Download the slide deck here. A recording of the webinar can be found here.

January 27 2021, 2 PM Pacific Time: Post-submission data life cycle: FP-In to BASE publishing

This webinar is aimed at flux tower teams — those who plan to submit or have been submitting flux-met data to AmeriFlux. We will describe what happens to your flux-met data after you submit it for publication as the AmeriFlux BASE data product. We will highlight pointers for efficient data submission, including pitfalls to avoid. Additionally, we will explain the AmeriFlux QA/QC process and review schedules. Finally, we will talk briefly about versioning and DOIs as well as post-publishing tools for tracking downloads of your BASE data.

Download the slide deck here. A recording of the webinar can be found here.

January 8 2020, 10 AM Pacific Time: The New Site Visit Lite (AMP Tech Team)

The Site Visit webinar is designed for all tower teams and for people who would like to learn about the AmeriFlux network approach to site visits for measurement quality and inter-comparability.  The purpose of this webinar is to introduce the Site Visit 2.0 framework and get your feedback on the new remote-interaction components (also known as Site Visit Lite).  Please join the AmeriFlux Management Project’s Tech Team (Sebastien Biraud, Stephen Chan, Housen Chu, and Sigrid Dengel) for this presentation and discussion!

Background:  Site visits are a hallmark of the AmeriFlux network, where they are used to troubleshoot and improve data collection and to verify inter-comparability of observations from different towers. AmeriFlux is one of the only networks to have the roving towers and dedicated technical team for this.  The program has been highly successful in diagnosing biases, errors, and uncertainties associated with instruments, data acquisition, and data-processing.  However, AmeriFlux is growing rapidly, with more than 350 active sites. The current site-visit approach does not scale well and we are therefore implementing a new framework to assist site teams, called Site Visit 2.0.  As illustrated in the attached image, we are transitioning from the current model of two-week comprehensive site visits to a new model of (a) remote interaction, including in- depth checks of data processing and training on best practices for tower operation, (b) short-duration visits for troubleshooting and training—by the AMP site team or by new peer mentors, and (c) a limited number of comprehensive site visits that also catalyze mini-workshops onsite.

Download the slide deck here. A recording of the webinar can be found here.

November 16 2020, 1:30 PM Pacific Time: DOI authorship form and data policy (Deb Agarwal and You-Wei Cheah)

In this seminar, we will discuss current approaches to how data for AmeriFlux sites are assigned DOIs, and the tools available to maintain DOIs. In addition, we will also discuss improvements/changes towards the data usage policy and assigning DOIs for both current and future data products.

Download the slide deck here. A recording of the webinar can be found here.

October 19 2020, 9AM Pacific Time: Requirements for processing a site using ONEFlux (AMP Team)

In this webinar we’ll present key requirements for processing AmeriFlux site data with the ONEFlux pipeline, generating a set of products compatible with FLUXNET2015. We will discuss the process starting from AmeriFlux data (BASE) and metadata (BADM) available for a site, generating a configuration for running ONEFlux, and the execution of the pipeline, finally generating the product with gap-filled micromet and flux variables, partitioned CO2 fluxes, estimates of energy-balance-closure coefficients, and estimates of uncertainties. We’ll also cover aspects such as: required and suggested variables for the processing, the QA/QC process for BASE, upcoming metadata collection on how to select and aggregate variables representative of tower footprint for the processing, future regional and global flux products.

Download the slide deck here. A recording of the webinar can be found here.

September 25 2020, 11AM Pacific Time: Measurement Best Practices (AMP Tech Team)

Our second webinar is a panel discussion hosted by the AmeriFlux Tech Team and aimed at sharing best practices around collecting flux observations. We have invited an experienced group of site staff to share thoughts on three topics that we find important, relevant, and timely. The panel members include: Russ Scott (USDA), Kim Novick (Indiana University), Gil Bohrer (The Ohio State University), Colin Edgar (University of Alaska, Fairbanks), Daphne Szutu (University California, Berkeley), Inke Forbrich (Marine Biological Laboratory).
The discussion on best practices will cover the following topics:
  • How to ensure data quality and minimize data gaps (lead panelist: Russ Scott)
  • Field Safety and Field work during the COVID-19 era (lead panelist: Kim Novick)
  • Dataset supporting Flux observations (lead panelist: Gil Bohrer

Download the slide deck here. A recording of the webinar can be found here.

August 17 2020, 10AM Pacific Time: On-boarding process (Margaret S. Torn)

Our first seminar is aimed at new flux tower teams – those who joined the network in the last 1-2 years or are thinking about joining! Learn about the resources and advantages of being a member of the AmeriFlux network, and meet the team members who are available for tech and data support. Ask your burning questions and leave with the knowledge of what it means to be an AmeriFlux member site!

Download the slide deck with links to all resources here. A recording of the webinar can be found here.