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A Metadata Reporting Framework (FRAMES) for Synthesis of Ecohydrological Observations

Danielle S. Christianson
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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26 July 2017
A metadata reporting framework (FRAMES) for synthesis of ecohydrological observations

The ScienceĀ 
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.

Summary
FRAMES is a set of excel and on-line templates that 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
SC-23.1
Daniel.Stover@science.doe.gov (301-903-0289)

Dorothy Koch
SC-23.1
Dorothy.Koch@science.doe.gov (301-903-0105)

(PI Contacts)
Danielle S. Christianson
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
dschristianson@lbl.gov

Charuleka Varadharajan
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
cvaradharajan@lbl.gov

Funding
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.

Publications
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). (Reference link)

NGEE-Tropics


Figure. NGEE-Tropics Metadata Reporting Framework (FRAMES)

Source: Danielle Christianson, LBNL

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