Integrated Tools for Remote System Monitoring, Data Management and Automated Data Processing

Thursday, 18 December 2014
Michael Velgersdyk, Kevin Beaty, Gerardo Fratini, Antonio Forgione, Kevin Ediger, Jiahong Li, Liukang Xu, Israel G Begashaw, James C Kathilankal, David Johnson, Eric Price and George G Burba, LI-COR Biosciences, Lincoln, NE, United States
In recent years, the significant increase in overall data generation coupled with available computing power has directly affected the spatial and temporal data coverage of trace gas flux measurements, heat, momentum and evapotranspiration. The rapid changes happened on multiple scales, ranging from a single station located on farm, field or watershed to continental scale flux networks.

With an increased number of flux stations and networks, and with an increased amount of data flowing from each station, modern tools are needed to effectively and efficiently handle the entire infrastructure.

The overall objective of this presentation is to share practical experiences while focusing on the design and development of hardware and software tools used to manage flux station networks that range in size from single sites to multiple flux stations.

Specific goals include descriptions of the specific flux networks, descriptions of methods and hardware for flux measurements, tools for automated data collection, automated data processing and quality control, as well as data transport and management of the multiple stations.

These hardware and software tools can automate key stages of flux network operation and can aid in the optimization of resources such that more time is dedicated to research and activities directly leading to improved productivity. Therefore, less time is dedicated to day-to-day station management, handling of data streams and data processing.