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A Metadata Reporting Framework (FRAMES) for Synthesis of Ecohydrological Observations
Published: June 20, 2017
Posted: September 05, 2017

A metadata reporting framework (FRAMES) for synthesis of ecohydrological observations.

The Science 
FRAMES is a set of Excel and on-line templates that standardize reporting of diverse ecohydrological data and the necessary metadata required for data synthesis to study earth systems.

The Impact
Detailed metadata, information that describes when, where, and how data is generated, is required for interpreting, comparing, validating, and synthesizing ecohydrological observations collected with diverse methods in different ecosystems. FRAMES bridges the gap between complex data information models that are needed to organize detailed metadata and specific ecohydrological data reporting protocols that lack enough detail for earth system science research.

FRAMES templates standardize reporting of diverse ecohydrological data and metadata for data synthesis required for earth system science research. We developed FRAMES iteratively with data providers and consumers who are developing a predictive understanding of carbon cycling in the tropics. Key features include: (1) Best data science practices; (2) Modular design that allows for addition of new measurement types; (3) Data entry formats that enable efficient reporting; (4) Multiscale hierarchy that links observations across spatiotemporal scales; and (5) Collection of metadata for integrating data with earth system models.

Contacts (BER PM)
Daniel Stover
Daniel.Stover@science.doe.gov (301-903-0289)

Dorothy Koch
Dorothy.Koch@science.doe.gov (301-903-0105)

(PI Contacts)
Danielle S. Christianson
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Charuleka Varadharajan
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Research supported by Next Generation Ecosystem Experiments-Tropics (NGEE-Tropics), funded by U. S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research.

D.S. Christianson, C. Varadharajan, B. Christoffersen, M. Detto, B. Faybishenko, B.O. Gimenez, V. Hendrix, K. J. Jardine, R. Negron-Juarez, G.Z. Pastorello, T.L. Powell, M. Sandesh, J.M. Warren, B.T. Wolfe, J.Q. Chambers, L.M. Kueppers, N.G. McDowell, D.A. Agarwal, “A metadata reporting framework (FRAMES) for synthesis of ecohydrological observations.” Ecological Informatics (2017). [DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoinf.2017.06.002] (Reference link)

Topic Areas:

  • Research Area: Terrestrial Ecosystem Science
  • Research Area: Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments (NGEE)

Division: SC-23.1 Climate and Environmental Sciences Division, BER


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