Minutes of the January 25, 2010 Meeting
Smoky Mountain AMS Chapter
Around eight members met first for dinner at Calhouns on the River in Knoxville. After dinner, the meeting commenced in the Biosystems Engineering and Environmental Sciences (BEES) building on the UT Ag campus with around fifteen members present. The speakers were Bai Yang, Jeff Nichols, and Dan Ricciuto of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Bai introduced the AmeriFlux network, which is a state-of-the-art observation system invaluable for quantifying the carbon cycle around the country. He showed many interesting photos, as well as talked about site distribution, instrumentation, and data collection at a typical site. Dan presented the basics on how AmeriFlux data is useful for testing a carbon cycle model. He focused specifically on how the carbon cycle responds to meteorological inputs. Finally, Jeff talked about his PhD research, which involved a fascinating melding of computer knowledge, weather radar, and the habits of bats.
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