Future Research Directions

FLUXNET has coordinated regional and global micrometeorological observations for nearly two decades and offered unique datasets on carbon, water, and energy fluxes between the land and atmosphere. Combined with data sources from remote sensing and inventories, FLUXNET has become a key resource for data synthesis to help inform and understand general patterns of ecological processes across time and space. To fully realize the value of FLUXNET, continued developments in data mining and integration with the Earth system modeling community is required to uncover ecological principles responsible for spatial and temporal variations in terrestrial carbon cycle.

The diversity of networks within FLUXNET includes a large array of potential contributions and resources.  The FLUXNET Community Council seeks to build on this diversity by hosting workshops and supporting regional expertise exchanges. For example, dryland ecosystems in the Southwestern US and Australia share similar climates, but there is much to be learned from the very distinct ecosystem responses to climatic variability. Similarly, ecosystems in the tropics differ in important ways from those in the Arctic, but currently all sites are processed with uniform assumptions, leading to biases in both regions. The diversity of ecosystems, knowledge and experiences within FLUXNET represents a unique opportunity to improve our understanding of global ecosystem function.