The atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O) are increasing substantially. These increases are expected to result in global warming and changes in precipitation patterns, and may directly affect terrestrial ecosystems. Our understanding of the contemporary fluxes of these gases between the land and atmosphere is incomplete. There are large regions of the earth for which we have very little information on trace gas fluxes. Furthermore, for no region do we fully understand how global change, including land-use change, will affect gas fluxes.
The United States Trace Gas Network(TRAGNET) is meant to accomplish the following two goals:
Part of this research is supported by the National Science Foundation.