BADM Data Templates

The Biological, Ancillary, Disturbance and Metadata (BADM) protocol is standardized across AmeriFlux, ICOS, Fluxnet and other networks. To learn more about BADM, check out these resources:

To register a new AmeriFlux site, download the BADM-Site_General_Info template below, enter current site information (sheets in the template provide variable naming, units, descriptions and reporting conventions), and upload the completed template via the Upload Data page.

To update the BADM for an existing AmeriFlux site, send your request to Specify the specific BADM spreadsheet(s) in the AmeriFlux database to be updated.


Use these MS Excel spreadsheet templates to add or update BADM data for a site.

Download: BADM-Site_General_Info-Template

View (pdf) or download (MS Excel) an example of a completed Site-General-Info template.

*New Feature*: BADM Site General Info edits can be made through the BADM online editor. The BADM online editor is accessible through the BADM tab on your site info page.

The following additional BADM templates are available (AmeriFlux sites: see note under General Instructions below before using).

Download: BADM-Disturbance_and_Management-Template

Download: BADM-Instrument_Ops-Template

Download: BADM-Instrument-Template

Download: BADM-VegCover-Template

Download: BADM-Soil-Template

New BADM soil data reporting interfaces are being tested now. Contact if you would like to try a new method of reporting your soil data.

The following templates are being updated. If you want to submit new or updated information using these templates, please request them from our Data Team—


General Instructions for Completing Templates

NOTE: An AmeriFlux BADM database upgrade is currently underway. Only BADM-Site_General_Info templates are being processed during the upgrade. Expected upgrade completion is December 2018.

  • Use column D and higher in the first worksheet to enter your information. Only use the columns past D when you have more than one entry that you need to put in a row. If you have nothing to enter in a row, leave it blank.
  • Do not enter information in shaded columns.
  • Variables with units of LIST(xxx)—see second worksheet in each template—should use only the choices listed.
  • Enter all values in the units requested. For numeric entries, use only numbers (no letters or symbols).
  • Fill in the submitter’s name—whoever is filling in the template (likely you).
  • Add a short paragraph for the SITE_DESC in Site-General-Info if one doesn’t exist already. If one exists, make sure it’s up to date.
  • See Explanations, the third worksheet, for variable groups that must be reported together.
    • Column A lists the variable groups.
    • Column C has a “p” if a variable is the primary variable for a group of variables.
    • Column D lists an “r” if a variable is a required qualifier for a primary variable. For example, if H2O is entered for FLUX_MEASUREMENTS_VARIABLE on the Site-General-Info Template, the FLUX_MEASUREMENTS_DATE_START is required.

Instrument_Ops Template Step-by-Step Instructions

Instrument Template Step-by-Step Instructions

Instrument_Ops & Instrument Templates FAQs