Articles | Volume 10, issue 9
Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 3379–3390, 2017
Geosci. Model Dev., 10, 3379–3390, 2017

Methods for assessment of models 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 et al.

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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.