Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


Call for Organizing Committee Nominations by November 6, 2015
Advancing Integrated, Cross-cutting Practices for Arctic Flux Observations in Terrestrial Environments

Please submit nominations to: Eugenie Euskirchen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional questions may also be directed to: Sandy Starkweather, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Luca Belelli Marchesini, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

An international workshop is being proposed to bring together the expertise and resources of the Atmospheric, Cryospheric and Terrestrial communities that conduct energy, moisture and carbon flux observations in Arctic terrestrial environments. A series of formal and informal discussions and previous terrestrial flux workshops have identified the following topics where progress could be made:

  1. Frame pan-Arctic synthesis science questions to address as an interdisciplinary community considering in particular what can be done with the existing set of Arctic flux observations.
  2. Identify inter-operable data products (and the collaboration infrastructure that will support their development) that could address these questions; focusing across the current pan-Arctic infrastructure of Arctic flux observations; considering Arctic-specific constraints; involving the relevant range of disciplines as well as the modeling and satellite community in data product design. Develop strategies for data product design that promotes data sharing, but also facilitates spatial-temporal scaling. Address how data will be documented and accessed.
  3. Develop consistent practices for site (land surface and subsurface) characterization across the current locations where flux measurements are made; consider consistent practices for up-scaling.
  4. Identify and champion expansion of observational capacity of terrestrial cryosphere, ecosystems and atmosphere in under-sampled processes and regions.

For further background on the initiative, see:

A starting point for developing collaborative research objectives and refining community interest would be an open workshop in 2016. Given the complexity and interdisciplinarity of this challenge, the initiating group would like to solicit nominations from the international science community for organizing committee members for this workshop. Relevant expertise for this committee would include:

  • A background in acquiring, processes or applying “flux” observations
  • Experience with characterizing Arctic landscapes and addressing up-scaling issues
  • A background in cryospheric observations of the surface and sub-surface, including a background in permafrost physics
  • An interest in using terrestrial flux observations to validate model outputs
  • Experience with the following projects: PAGE21, ICOS, Ameriflux, Fluxnet, GTN-P
  • A background in data management related to flux or permafrost observations
  • Early career nominations welcome

Time line: 
November 2015 – February 2016: Teleconferences (3) to broadly establish workshop objectives
March 2016: Half day in-person organizing committee meeting in conjunction with Fairbanks-2016, Arctic Summit Science Week/Arctic Observing Summit meetings
April – October 2016: Workshop development & logistics
November 2016: Workshop

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