Linking Optical and Energy Fluxes Workshop

Remote sensing can help scientists interpret carbon, water, and energy flux measurements at eddy covariance sites by providing contextual information on community composition and vegetation function, as well as scale fluxes globally. Additionally, flux data can inform remote sensing measurements which do not directly measure carbon and water fluxes.

Workshop goals:

  1. Build awareness of the existing synergies, challenges, and opportunities between remote sensing and flux science.
  2. Foster new cross-disciplinary connections to identify and address knowledge gaps and uncertainties associated with both flux and remote sensing data.
  3. Increase the accessibility, usability, and standardization of remote sensing data so that it can be used to inform flux data, following the FAIR principles.

Attendance/Funding Information:
Applications for in-person due April 21. Notice of in-person acceptance April 30. Register by May 15.

Attendance is free, as well as lodging for up to 32 participants (preference given to early career). Additional lodging can be found in nearby town of Nederland but will not be covered by the workshop (please specify preference in application). Food will be provided for all participants. A small number of travel grants (air/ground) are available and will be awarded by organizing committee–availability and willingness to help with event logistics and sessions during workshop are a plus.

July 12-15, 2023

Mountain Research Station (location info)
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA

Draft Agenda: (July 11 afternoon-evening: arrival and check-in. July 15 morning: check-out)

Time (MDT)

Day 1 (Jul 12):
Hyperspectral and SIF
Day 2 (Jul 13):
Thermal and
Day 3 (Jul 14):
Synergies and Modeling 


Opening remarks and community guidelines Day 1 Recap Day 2 Recap


4×10 minute talks with 20 minutes for discussion 4×10 minute talks with 20 minutes for discussion 4×10 minute talks with 20 minutes for discussion


Break Break Break


Hands on workshop using hyperspectral and SIF data Hands on workshop using thermal and LiDAR data Breakout groups documenting best practices for collecting and processing tower-based remote sensing data


Breakout group recap


Lunch Lunch Lunch


Breakout groups for addressing key challenges and opportunities linking  hyperspectral and SIF with flux data Breakout groups focused on addressing key challenges and opportunities linking thermal and LiDAR with flux data Group forum to discuss next steps: FLUXNET-Coop subcommittee and  whitepaper documenting meeting outcomes


Breakout group recap Breakout group recap


Posters and networking Posters and networking Wrap up


Zoe Pierrat, [email protected]
Anam Khan, [email protected]

Zoe Pierrat,
Troy Magney,
Loren Albert,
Xi Yang,
Anam Khan

Advisory Committee:
Dave Moore (FLUXNET Co-op subcommittee representative),
Gilberto Pastorello and Dario Papale (FLUXNET data team),
John Gamon (SpecNet lead),
Tommaso Julitta and Andreas Burkart (JB Hyperspectral representatives/remote sensing data contributors),
William Woodgate and Shari Van Whittenberghe (remote sensing data contributors)

FLUXNET Coordination Project, Ameriflux Year of Remote Sensing


Event flyer: