NCEAS SpecNet Proposal Excerpt:
SpecNet ( Spectral Network) is a network of terrestrial flux tower sites where 'near surface' remote sensing is being conducted to improve our understanding of controls on the biosphere-atmosphere carbon exchange. SpecNet sampling closely matches the spatial and temporal scale of flux measurements, allowing a direct comparison of remotely sensed signals to factors affecting fluxes. We propose a SpecNet Working Group that will examine the optical, thermal, and flux data emerging from these sites. A primary goal will be to standardize the remote sensing instrument, algorithms, data processing protocols, and data products for comparative analyses. The next step will be to compare results across ecosystems to reveal contrasting controls on carbon flux. This effort will help link remote sensing to fluxes, assist in validating satellite products (e.g. NPP derived from the MODIS sensor), and will provide an improved scientific foundation for emerging carbon policy.