Strengthening the biogeosciences in environmental research networks

Figure 3. Core conceptual models of (a) ecologists’ ecosystem (Lindenmayer and Likens 2009, after Bormann and Likens 1967), (b) Earth scientists’ critical zone (courtesy of the Southern Sierras Critical Zone Observatory), and (c) an EON design (courtesy of the USA’s National Ecological Observatory Network) that includes an eddy covariance flux tower that is the basis for the FLUXNET program. The congruence of the ecosystem and critical zone concepts that guide these networks motivates biogeoscientists to consider how to get the most from these long-term research investments.

15 Aug 2018

Image: Figure 3. Core conceptual models of (a) ecologists’ ecosystem (Lindenmayer and Likens 2009, after Bormann and Likens 1967), (b) Earth scientists’ critical zone (courtesy of the Southern Sierras Critical Zone Observatory), and (c) an EON design (courtesy of the USA’s National Ecological Observatory Network) that includes an eddy covariance flux tower that is the basis for the FLUXNET program. The congruence of the ecosystem and critical zone concepts that guide these networks motivates biogeoscientists to consider how to get the most from these long-term research investments. [Click image to enlarge]

Our EGU Biogeosciences Discussions manuscript became a Biogeosciences paper today! The official pdf can be downloaded (on upper right of page) at:

https://www.biogeosciences.net/15/4815/2018/

While the paper surely traveled a long and winding road, the paper's message about our work as biogeoscientists is amplified by its late internationalization and the review of the FLUXNET program in addition to that of the ILTERs, CZOs, and EONs.  Three cheers to the recent contributors Baldocchi, Banwart, Braun, Gaillardet, Jobbagy, Jungkunst, Krishnaswamy, Siebe, Verhoef, & Zhang.

We need also to thank Billings for consistent insight; Groffman for the NSF-CZO-Arlington talk based on our paper; McDowell, Kelly, and Kitty for their many many reviews of earlier versions; and to Tim White whose vision about the potential for ILTER-CZO collaboration sparked and kindled this manuscript all the way to completion!  Onward Tim!!

Please circulate the paper to colleagues, students, administrators, and especially to your research program managers.

Our paper was selected for "Article Highlight" by Biogeosciences.

Cheers to you all and onward with the biogeosciences!

Dan Richter


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Ideas and perspectives: Strengthening the biogeosciences in environmental research networks. Richter, D.D., S.A. Billings, P.M. Groffman, E.F. Kelly, K.A. Lohse, W.H. McDowell, T.S. White, S. Anderson, D.D. Baldocchi, S. Banwart, S. Brantley, J.J. Braun, Z.S. Brecheisen, C.W. Cook, H.E. Hartnett, S.E. Hobbie, J. Gaillardet, E. Jobbagy, H.F. Jungkunst, C.E. Kazanski, J. Krishnaswamy, D. Markewitz, K. O’Neill, C.S. Riebe, P. Schroeder, C. Siebe, W.L. Silver, A. Thompson, A. Verhoef, G. Zhang (2018): Biogeosciences 15: 4815-4832


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