Our themes

SpecNet research focuses on the following:

  • Linked optical-flux (carbon &/or water) sampling, particularly at the ecosystem scale.
  • Novel optical sampling methods, processing methods, indices, etc., particularly those relevant to fluxes.
  • Factors controlling carbon- and water vapor fluxes, particularly as they can be detected with optical sampling.
  • Studies applying optical or thermal methods to understanding component fluxes (e.g. separate respiratory and photosynthetic components of carbon flux).
  • The contrasting roles of individual plants, species, functional types, in whole-ecosystem behavior, particularly as they can be detected optically
  • Comparative analyses of optical-flux relationships across ecosystems, etc.
  • Multi-scale analyses of optical signals or optical-flux relationships
  • Evaluation of light-use efficiency models or their component terms (Efficiency, APAR…).
  • Experimental (i.e. comparative) studies of optical signals/remote sensing (comparison of multiple spatial, temporal or spectral scales, contrasting ecosystem treatments, different instruments, contrasting methods, various models, etcetera), particularly as they affect interpretation of ecosystem fluxes.

Note that thermal methods (or other "non-optical" remote sensing methods) may also be relevant, particularly as they add insight to fluxes.

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Participating fieldsites

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Since 2012

As a non-profit organization

$15,000 +

Grants and equipment grants