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  16 Jun 2020

16 Jun 2020

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Ideas and perspectives: enhancing the impact of the FLUXNET network of eddy covariance sites

Dario Papale1,2 Dario Papale
  • 1DIBAF, University of Tuscia, Viterbo, 01100, Italy
  • 2Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC), Lecce, 73100, Italy

Abstract. In the last 20 years, the FLUXNET network provided unique measurements of CO2, energy and other greenhouse gases exchange between ecosystems and atmosphere measured with the eddy covariance technique. These data have been widely used in different and heterogeneous applications and FLUXNET became a reference source of information not only for ecological studies but also in modeling and remote sensing applications. The data are in general collected, processed and shared by regional networks or by single sites and for this reason it is difficult for users interested to analysis involving multiple sites to easily access a coherent and standardized dataset. For this reason, periodic FLUXNET collections have been released in the last 15 years, every 5 to 10 years, with data standardized and shared under the same data use policy. However, the new tools available for data analysis and the need to constantly monitor the relations between ecosystem behaviour and climate change, require a reorganization of FLUXNET in order to increase the data interoperability, reduce the delay in the data sharing and facilitate the data use. All this keeping in mind the large effort made by the site teams to collect these unique data and respecting the different regional and national networks organization and data policies. Here a proposal for a new organization of FLUXNET is presented, where the regional and national networks become the pillars of the global initiative, organizing clusters and becoming responsible for the processing and preparation of datasets that users will be able to access real time and with a machine-to-machine tool, obtaining always the most updated collection possible but keeping high standardization and common data policy. This will also lead to an increase of the FAIRness (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability) of the FLUXNET data that would ensure a larger impact of the unique data produced and a proper data management and traceability.

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FLUXNET is a large, bottom-up, self-coordinated network of sites. It provided ecosystem-atmosphere GHGs fluxes from stations around the world that were used as basis for a large number of publications and studies. Today many applications require recent updates on the data in order to track more closely the ecosystem responses to climate change and link ground data with satellite programs. For this reason a new organization of FLUXNET would be needed, keeping as target the FAIR principles.
FLUXNET is a large, bottom-up, self-coordinated network of sites. It provided...