AmeriFlux

AmeriFlux is a network of research sites measuring ecosystem CO2, water, and energy fluxes.  The network was established to connect research on field sites representing major climate and ecological biomes.  The data are made available to researchers throughout the world for use in the development and testing of climate and crop models.

The Rosemount cluster of AmeriFlux sites are located about 25 km south of the Saint Paul – Minneapolis Metropolitan area in the Upper Midwest, United States.  These sites have been part of the AmeriFlux program since 2004.  Our approach involves continuous measurement of gas exchange between the surface/atmosphere in paired systems, where one field is farmed conventionally (corn/soybean rotation) while the other is subjected to management practices that are expected to alter greenhouse gas exchange (reduced tillage and perennial living mulch crops).  We also are taking measurements in a restored tallgrass prairie.  CO2 exchange and water use are measured by eddy covariance, using a sonic anemometer along with an open and/or closed-path infrared gas analyzer.  The eddy covariance towers are also instrumented with various meteorological sensors. A list of the sensors used can be seen here.

Research is also being conducted at a fen within the Marcell Experimental Forest, which has been monitored for fluxes and environmental variables at various points in time.  In 2007 an EC tower was established to monitor CO2/H2O fluxes within the peatland.  Methane observations were added in 2009 and have been ongoing since.  This site has also been referred to as Bog Lake Fen in the past.

Please visit our data archive page for any data sets related to these eddy covariance measurements.  Data can also be downloaded from the Ameriflux website at https://ameriflux.lbl.gov/data/download-data/

Sites

                                                                                                Rosemount cluster of AmeriFlux sites

Ameriflux_site_layout

 

US-Ro1 (G21)

2004-2016. Conventional Corn/Soybean Rotation. Site coordinates: 44.7143, -93.0898

https://ameriflux.lbl.gov/sites/siteinfo/US-Ro1

G21_ec_tower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US-Ro2 (C6C7)

2008-2016. Alternative Cropping System Corn/Soybean, Living Mulch. Site coordinates: 44.7288, -93.0888

https://ameriflux.lbl.gov/sites/siteinfo/US-Ro2

C6_ec_tower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US-Ro3 (G19)

2004-2007. Alternative Cropping System Corn/Soybean, Cover Crop. Site coordinates: 44.7217, -93.0893

https://ameriflux.lbl.gov/sites/siteinfo/US-Ro3

G19_ec_tower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US-Ro4 (Prairie)

2014-present. Restored Tallgrass Prairie. Site coordinates: 44.6781, -93.0723

https://ameriflux.lbl.gov/sites/siteinfo/US-Ro4

Prairie North ec tower 1 Prairie_South_ec_tower_2

 

 

 

 

 

US-Ro5 (I18S)

2017-present. Conventional Corn/Soybean Rotation. Site coordinates: 44.6910, -93.0576

https://ameriflux.lbl.gov/sites/siteinfo/US-Ro5

I18_South_ec_tower_1

 

 

 

 

 

US-Ro6 (I18N)

2017-present. Alternative Cropping System Corn/Soybean, Living Mulch. Site coordinates: 44.6946, -93.05776

https://ameriflux.lbl.gov/sites/siteinfo/US-Ro6

I18_North_ec_tower

 

 

 

 

 

US-MBP

2007-present.  Bog Lake Fen Site.  Site coordinates: 47.5051, -93.4893

https://ameriflux.lbl.gov/sites/siteinfo/US-MBP

Marcell_ec_tower