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! To this end, once a month, AMP members will walk you through various aspects of AmeriFlux and answer your questions.

The series will kick off with a discussion of the AmeriFlux onboarding process led by AmeriFlux Lead PI Margaret Torn. Similar presentations about various related topics are scheduled through April 2021.

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 most AmeriFlux activities and services have gone on interrupted amid the pandemic, some activities and services were paused or rescheduled.

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.

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Contact [email protected] with any questions.


Upcoming AMP Webinars

May 19, 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.

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We are currently planning the next set of AMP Webinars – stay tuned!


Past AMP Webinars

August 17, 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.

September 25, 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.

October 19, 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.

November 16, 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.

January 8, 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.

January 27, 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.

March 23, 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.

April 27, 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.