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We learned with great sadness that Nobel laureate Paul J. Crutzen passed away on January 28. His work on the decomposition of ozone in the atmosphere not only earned him a share of the Nobel Prize in 1995, but is an impressive example of evidence-based, scientific advocacy directly shaping policy. The ban on chlorofluorocarbon compounds… More

Professor Jim Shuttleworth sadly passed away on Sunday 20 December, surrounded by his family. Jim was a pioneer in the field of hydrometeorology and best known for his innovative contributions to our understanding of evaporation. After finishing a PhD in high energy nuclear physics at the University of Manchester in 1971 Jim joined the Institute… More

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.

I thought you’d find the following reads intriguing. Both are lead-authored by Matt Roby, a Ph.D. student, at the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and Environment.  Matt’s been busy working on his dissertation on climate change impacts on ecosystem carbon and water cycling in dryland regions with a minor in science communication.  In… More

The annual meeting is almost here, it will be Oct 6-8! You can still register here, free of charge, until Oct 1. This year, we will host the annual meeting of the AmeriFlux community online. To take advantage of this opportunity, our theme is Bridging the Americas and there are no registration or abstract submission… More

Women in AmeriFlux

AmeriFlux means a diversity of ecosystems, but also of people and personal narratives. Today, on the second Thursday in July, our Mexican members observe Día del Árbol (Arbor Day). What a great opportunity to meet a few of the talented, innovative women who work at AmeriFlux sites across the Americas! AmeriFlux owes its success to… More

The AmeriFlux network – with its ever growing availability of surface flux measurements – has contributed to important advancements in our understanding of biosphere-atmosphere interactions. Most studies have investigated ecosystem responses to meteorological or environmental drivers and have only rarely included feedbacks between land surface processes, atmospheric boundary layer dynamics, and the free troposphere. Currently,… More