Why Develop a FLUX Network

Why Develop a Coordinated, Long-term Flux Network?

  • Address hypothesis that could not be addressed with data from a single or even a few flux tower sites
  • Provide an integrated database for synthesis and modeling
  • Facilitate distinguishing ecosystem dynamics biological and meteorological effects
  • Facilitate temporal analysis
  • Facilitate intercomparisons among sites
  • Facilitate spatial comparisons across environmental gradients and across biomes
  • Share developing methodologies and instrumentation
  • Promote compatibility across computer platforms
  • Back-up and security of data
  • Long-term accessibility of data
  • Documented institutional memory
  • Satisfy clients from the ecological, remote sensing, meteorological,
    hydrological and modeling communities