FLUXNET: A New Tool to Study the Temporal and Spatial Variability of Ecosystem-Scale Carbon Dioxide, Water Vapor, and Energy Flux Densities

Dennis Baldocchi, Eva Falge, Lianhong Gu, Richard Olson, David Hollinger, Steve Running, Peter Anthoni, Ch Bernhofer, Kenneth Davis, Robert Evans, Jose Fuentes, Allen Goldstein, Gabriel Katul, Beverly Law, Xuhui Lee, Yadvinder Malhi, Tilden Meyers, William Munger, Walt Oechel, U. K.T. PawKim Pilegaard, H. P. Schmid, Riccardo Valentini, Shashi Verma, Timo Vesala, Kell Wilson, Steve Wofsy

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FLUXNET is a global network of micrometeorological flux measurement sites that measure the exchanges of carbon dioxide, water vapor, and energy between the biosphere and atmosphere. At present over 140 sites are operating on a long-term and continuous basis. Vegetation under study includes temperate conifer and broadleaved (deciduous and evergreen) forests, tropical and boreal forests, crops, grasslands, chaparral, wetlands, and tundra. Sites exist on five continents and their latitudinal distribution ranges from 70°N to 30°S. FLUXNET has several primary functions. First, it provides infrastructure for compiling, archiving, and distributing carbon, water, and energy flux measurement, and meteorological, plant, and soil data to the science community. (Data and site information are available online at the FLUXNET Web site, http://www-eosdis.ornl.gov/FLUXNET/.) Second, the project supports calibration and flux intercomparison activities. This activity ensures that data from the regional networks are intercomparable. And third, FLUXNET supports the synthesis, discussion, and communication of ideas and data by supporting project scientists, workshops, and visiting scientists. The overarching goal is to provide information for validating computations of net primary productivity, evaporation, and energy absorption that are being generated by sensors mounted on the NASA Terra satellite. Data being compiled by FLUXNET are being used to quantify and compare magnitudes and dynamics of annual ecosystem carbon and water balances, to quantify the response of stand-scale carbon dioxide and water vapor flux densities to controlling biotic and abiotic factors, and to validate a hierarchy of soil-plant-atmosphere trace gas exchange models. Findings so far include 1) net CO2 exchange of temperate broadleaved forests increases by about 5.7 g C m-2 day-1 for each additional day that the growing season is extended; 2) the sensitivity of net ecosystem CO2 exchange to sunlight doubles if the sky is cloudy rather than clear; 3) the spectrum of CO2 flux density exhibits peaks at timescales of days, weeks, and years, and a spectral gap exists at the month timescale; 4) the optimal temperature of net CO2 exchange varies with mean summer temperature: and 5) stand age affects carbon dioxide and water vapor flux densities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2415-2434
Number of pages20
JournalBulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Volume82
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2001

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water vapor
carbon dioxide
ecosystem
flux measurement
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Terra (satellite)
chaparral
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biotic factor
carbon balance
evergreen forest
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temperate forest
gas exchange
tundra
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boreal forest
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Baldocchi, Dennis ; Falge, Eva ; Gu, Lianhong ; Olson, Richard ; Hollinger, David ; Running, Steve ; Anthoni, Peter ; Bernhofer, Ch ; Davis, Kenneth ; Evans, Robert ; Fuentes, Jose ; Goldstein, Allen ; Katul, Gabriel ; Law, Beverly ; Lee, Xuhui ; Malhi, Yadvinder ; Meyers, Tilden ; Munger, William ; Oechel, Walt ; Paw, U. K.T. ; Pilegaard, Kim ; Schmid, H. P. ; Valentini, Riccardo ; Verma, Shashi ; Vesala, Timo ; Wilson, Kell ; Wofsy, Steve. / FLUXNET : A New Tool to Study the Temporal and Spatial Variability of Ecosystem-Scale Carbon Dioxide, Water Vapor, and Energy Flux Densities. In: Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 2001 ; Vol. 82, No. 11. pp. 2415-2434.
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