Download BADM Standards (MS Excel Files)

Download BADM Standards that are grouped into similar types of BADM. The standards files were previously called templates.

BADM-Site_General_Info v2023 (MS Excel)
BADM-Disturbance_and_Management v2016 (MS Excel)
BADM-Instrument_Ops v2017 (MS Excel)
BADM-Instrument v2020 (MS Excel)
BADM-VegCover v2021 (MS Excel)
BADM-Soil v2021 (MS Excel)

[1] View (pdf) or download (MS Excel) an example of a completed BADM-Site-General-Info Standards File.

The following standards are being updated. To view these standards, request them at


General Instructions for entering BADM into MS Excel files

To submit BADM to AmeriFlux using MS Excel files, see steps below.

  • 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 file—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 file (likely you).
  • See Explanations, the third worksheet, for variable groups that must be reported together. See additional details for variable groups at Browse BADM Standards.
    • Column A lists the variable groups.
    • Column C has a “p” if a variable is the primary variable for a group of variables. It is required.
    • 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 in the BADM-Site-General-Info Standards File, the FLUX_MEASUREMENTS_DATE_START is required.

Instrument Ops BADM MS Excel Step-by-Step Instructions

Instrument BADM MS Excel Step-by-Step Instructions

Instrument Ops & Instrument BADM FAQs

To submit BADM to AmeriFlux using MS Excel reporting files

Use the Site General Information MS Excel file to register a new site. Otherwise, we recommend that BADM be submitted to AmeriFlux using online editors or CSV reporting files. See BADM Submission Instructions for details.

  1. Download the MS Excel reporting file for your BADM type above.
  2. Enter your site’s BADM in the MS Excel file following the general instructions above and information in the Explanations tab of the file. Find additional details at BADM Basics.
  3. Upload the completed MS Excel file via the Data Uploads page using the BADM option.


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