The proposed network is designed to contribute to our
understanding of trace gas fluxes to the atmosphere through six
- The network will promote the comparability of trace gas flux
measurements. As discussed later in this report, the network
will provide guidance on sampling designs that are site
appropriate; provide suggestions and updated information on
appropriate analytical and sample collection methods; and
facilitate intercomparisons and intercalibrations.
- The network will provide for more extensive coverage of ecosystem
variability. Identification of regions where no long-term
measurements are available, or where replication is needed, will
be assessed; the network participants can then encourage the
development of research sites in such areas.
- Data synthesis will be facilitated by the network. Data
collected from sites that span a range of controlling factors or
that represent a range of ecoregions will be available to the
group for synthesis and hypothesis setting.
- Interactions between measurement and modeling groups will be
facilitated by the network. Data collection at appropriate
frequency and spatial scales will allow model development and
model testing. Hypotheses generated from the model synthesis
activities will foster new field research.
- Intercomparisons of model results will be facilitated. It will
be possible to make comparisons that utilize identical estimates
of input and output. In addition, model modularity will be
developed where possible, facilitating the identification of
reasons models produce different results.
- A long-term data archive for trace gas flux and other ecosystem
processes will be established as a component of the network. The
purpose of the network is to foster a better understanding of
mid-latitude trace gas contributions to the global budget by
facilitating data access and interactions among those measuring
and modeling gas fluxes.
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