Articles | Volume 10, issue 9
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-3379-2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-3379-2017
Methods for assessment of models
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12 Sep 2017
Methods for assessment of models |  | 12 Sep 2017

FluxnetLSM R package (v1.0): a community tool for processing FLUXNET data for use in land surface modelling

Anna M. Ukkola, Ned Haughton, Martin G. De Kauwe, Gab Abramowitz, and Andy J. Pitman

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Flux towers measure energy, carbon dioxide and water vapour fluxes. These data have become essential for evaluating land surface models (LSMs) – key tools for projecting future climate change. However, these data as released are not immediately usable with LSMs and must be post-processed to change units, screened for missing data and gap-filling. We present an open-source R package that transforms flux tower measurements into a format directly usable by LSMs.