Year of Water

Year of Water Fluxes logoWe are launching the Year of Water Fluxes as our next Theme Year for Community action. There are many science opportunities to study water fluxes in AmeriFlux. We want to support more water cycle measurements, enhance data quality, and build strong collaborations to work on the various aspects of water and fluxes.

This effort will be led by the AmeriFlux community and supported by the AmeriFlux Management Project.

Thanks to everyone who joined our Community Meeting on March 1, 9 AM Pacific Time, to get involved, propose relevant projects, find collaborators or join a project.

If you missed it, rewatch the meeting on our Youtube channel.

Opportunity: 2 Year Postdoc with AMP

We are looking for a postdoc to lead and conduct collaborative research on water fluxes using AmeriFlux data, and will play a key role in the theme for network action on water fluxes. Learn more at the job posting.

Many Potential Science Themes

Potential Science Themes for this theme year could be Land and Water Management, Coupled Carbon and Water Cycles, Remote Sensing, and Boundary Layer Dynamics.

Images: Top left: Soybeans show the effect of the drought near Navasota, TX on Aug. 23, 2013, USDA photo by Bob Nichols; Top right: USGS Evapotranspiration graphic; Bottom left: Sentinel-1B, Rendering by Pierre Carril, ESA; Bottom right: Clouds by John Knowles.

You, the Researcher, in Action

Depending on interest or opportunity, there are many potential initiatives. The list below is just the beginning. We welcome your ideas!

  • Special issue across 5 AGU journals: “Advances in scaling and modeling of land-atmosphere interactions
  • Potential other special issues of Ag and Forest Met or other journal;
  • Survey sensor needs and working with AMP to get funding to supply water table depth sensors (etc) to sites;
  • ET synthesis workshop and analyses;
  • New links or data comparisons between AmeriFlux data/sites and NASA sensor(s);
  • Special sessions at AGU, AMS, AmeriFlux or other annual meetings;
  • Develop best practices documents for water cycle measurements;
  • Speaker series on specific topic;
  • Outreach (about AmeriFlux data and resources) to USDA, Ag groups, watershed managers/water utilities, policy makers;
  • Education module for environmental engineering students, including at minority serving colleges;
  • Participate in land-water interactions workshop;
  • Contribute manuscript to cross-AGU-journal special collection;
  • Conduct research as part of the upcoming DOE ARM SEUS campaign (land-atmosphere interactions).  See www.arm.gov.