2021 SpecNet Community Meeting


Registration is free.
Deadline for abstracts is May 31, 2021.

    2021 SpecNet Community Meeting Information

    2021 SpecNet Community Meeting

    Please join our virtual meeting!

    Date: June 25

    Time: 12:00 to 4:00 PM EDT


    About Specnet

    SpecNet is a voluntary collaboration of investigators around the world who are combining proximal remote sensing approaches with flux and other field measurements. Typically, this involves field optical sampling that matches the spatial and temporal scale of flux measurements - providing a proxy measure of vegetation structural, physiological, and phenological properties, all of which provide indicators of ecosystem composition, function, and biosphere–atmosphere gas exchange. Ground-based optical sampling is particularly important in validating these relationships and adds to the value of field sampling networks and satellite/aircraft remote sensing studies.

    Meeting Goals

    The goals of this year’s SpecNet Community Meeting are to provide opportunities for investigators to describe their work, present results, discuss new approaches, encourage new investigators, develop network-wide studies, and to advise SpecNet on how to advance these activities.


    Proposed Agenda

    Elapsed time    Topic
    0:00     Welcome, meeting logistics, charge to group (how best can Specnet advance the science of proximal remote sensing?)
    0:10     Introduction to Specnet (John Gamon)
    0:30     Plenary talk 1 (aim to be 15 minute talk with 5 minutes for questions)
    0:50     Flash talks 1 (5 minute talks with 2 minutes of questions)
    1:30     Discussion 1
    2:10     Break
    2:20     Plenary talk 2
    2:40     Plenary talk 3
    3:00     Flash talks 2 (assuming 8 minutes per talk allows 3-4 talks)
    3:30     Discussion - way forward (some topics to address: What should Specnet do: to develop a community of investigators; to learn about the needs of the community; to develop ad hoc groups to address specific issues; to encourage and include students; develop collaborations among sites; address scaling problems including linking to satellite data for calibration and validation; to connect to flux community; encourage data archiving; connect to ecosystem modeling; moving forward for an RCN; etc.)
    4:00     End


    Potential breakout group discussions:

    1. Data sharing;
    2. Data standardization;
    3. Canopy function (SIF, PRI, CCI);
    4. Canopy structure (NDVI, NIRv, EVI, Lidar, etc).

    60 +

    Participating fieldsites

    248 +


    Since 2012

    As a non-profit organization

    $15,000 +

    Grants and equipment grants