Our research would only be half as enjoyable and successful, if it weren’t for the numerous fruitful collaborations and networks that we are all part of.
I am extremely grateful for the support I received from the OzFlux community, which not only provided the newbies with flux data processing workshops, but where many folks go frequently above and beyond to help us through our issues. It is great to see so many synthesis activities emerge from within the community, as evidenced by the highly cited papers about the Introduction to the OzFlux Network or the ‘Angry Summer’ that affected large parts of south-eastern Australia in the summer of 2012/2013.
Working on spatial characteristics of flux sites would not have been that much fun without George Burba from LI-COR Biosciences and Stefan Metzger from NEON, with whom I deciphered the effects of spatial heterogeneities within the flux footprint on carbon budgets and developed a method to generate spatially robust carbon budgets from flux tower observations. We frequently update the international community on our progress during data processing workshops within OzFlux and during AGU side meetings, as well as during national and international conferences, such as the annual OzFlux meeting and the AGU Fall meeting. These synergies have resulted in multiple publications, in the development of a quantitative ways to assess site homogeneity, and a range of new alternative budgeting approaches that reduce the effect of the spatial sampling variations on budget estimates (described in more detail here). We further implemented these approaches as Eddy4R.fast into the NEON Eddy4R-Docker.
Internationally, I am frequently collaborating with scientists and networks in the USA and Europe through FLUXNET data synthesis activities, where we bridged thermal infrared sensing and evapotranspiration modeling and examined the evidence for decoupling between photosynthesis and transpiration during heat extremes.
More recently, I had the pleasure of getting to know folks within the NSW Bushfire Risk Management Research Hub and with state agencies, who have been working on the NSW bushfire inquiry and who I’m looking forward to collaborate with for my work on forecasting live fuel moisture across southeastern Australia.
If you want to get involved in the research on plant physiology and disturbance ecology, or are interested in synthesis activities involving any of my contributed data from flux towers, dendrometers or sapflux projects, simply get in touch with me via email (email@example.com) or just talk to me during the next meeting!