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BER Field Research Activities

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Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) field activities extend across a wide range of ecosystems and scales (plants to plots to watersheds). These well-characterized and highly instrumented field "laboratories" enable multidisciplinary teams of scientists to test and advance fundamental understanding of key processes and interactions in the context of overall system behavior. The research conducted at these sites is informed by and informs BER research efforts at both smaller scales [e.g., Department of Energy (DOE) Systems Biology Knowledgebase or KBase] and larger scales (e.g., DOE Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy or ACME). The need for a more seamless modeling framework that enables the interoperability of multiscale, multiphysics modeling components has been identified as a priority by several previous BER workshops and reports. The field research activities represented in this figure are supported by the following BER projects: DOE Bioenergy Research Centers or BRCs, Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments or NGEE, Scientific Focus Areas or SFAs (national laboratory research projects), Spruce and Peatland Responses Under Climatic and Environmental Change or SPRUCE, Atmospheric Radiation Measurement–Southern Great Plains site or ARM-SGP, and the AmeriFlux Network.

Credit or Source: Office of Biological and Environmental Research of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science.


U.S. DOE. 2015. Building Virtual Ecosystems: Computational Challenges for Mechanistic Modeling of Terrestrial Environments; Workshop Report, DOE/SC-0171, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. (p. 3) (website)

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