The AmeriFlux Decadal Synthesis.
The AmeriFlux project now represents more than 5,000 registered scientists who use AmeriFlux observations for a range of applications, including ecosystem science, modeling, and remote sensing, as well as education and outreach.
A team led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) convened the series’ inaugural workshop, focused on emerging topics in decadal synthesis. Forty scientists gathered at LBNL for three days, discussing a range of topics. They identified six emerging themes of interest: (1) decadal ecosystem dynamics, (2) extreme event detection and ecological impact assessment, (3) plant phenological change, (4) methane cycling, (5) synthesis across multiple measurement types, and (6) land surface model-data integration.
The AmeriFlux community has evolved from a disparate group of collaborators focused on ecosystem carbon budgets to an established and highly organized network dedicated to improving the understanding of ecosystem function and providing observations to the broader scientific community. The growing mountain of observations necessitates a high degree of collaboration and opens opportunities to address questions that were previously unanswerable. Much still needs to be done, however, to improve connections to, and learn from, other networks around the world. The past decade has seen much change, and the community is excited about the progress yet to come.
BER Program Manager
U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research
Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences Division (SC-33.1)
Environmental System Science
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Berkeley, CA 94720
The AmeriFlux Management Project (AMP) is supported by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER), within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. DOE established AMP at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to support the broad AmeriFlux community and the AmeriFlux sites.
Keenan, T. F., D. J. P. Moore, and A. Desai. “Growth and opportunities in networked synthesis through AmeriFlux.” New Phytologist 222(4), 1685–87 (2019). [DOI:10.1111/nph.15835].
SC-33.1 Earth and Environmental Sciences Division, BER
BER supports basic research and scientific user facilities to advance DOE missions in energy and environment. More about BER
Mar 23, 2021
Molecular Connections from Plants to Fungi to Ants
Lipids transfer energy and serve as an inter-kingdom communication tool in leaf-cutter ants&rsqu [more...]
Mar 19, 2021
Microbes Use Ancient Metabolism to Cycle Phosphorus
Microbial cycling of phosphorus through reduction-oxidation reactions is older and more widespre [more...]
Feb 22, 2021
Warming Soil Means Stronger Microbe Networks
Soil warming leads to more complex, larger, and more connected networks of microbes in those soi [more...]
Jan 27, 2021
Labeling the Thale Cress Metabolites
New data pipeline identifies metabolites following heavy isotope labeling.
Aug 31, 2020
Novel Bacterial Clade Reveals Origin of Form I Rubisco
List all highlights (possible long download time)