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Environmental monitoring network for IndiaAuthor(s): P.V. Sundareshwar; R. Murtugudde; G. Srinivasan; S. Singh; K.J. Ramesh; R. Ramesh; S.B. Verma; D. Agarwal; D. Baldocchi; C.K. Baru; K.K. Baruah; G.R. Chowdhury; V.K. Dadhwal; C.B.S. Dutt; J. Fuentes; Prabhat Gupta; W.W. Hardgrove; M. Howard; C.S. Jha; S. Lal; W.K. Michener; A.P. Mitra; J.T. Morris; R.R. Myneni; M. Naja; R. Nemani; R. Purvaja; S. Raha; S.K. Santhana Vanan; M. Sharma; A. Subramaniam; R. Sukumar; R.R. Twilley; P.R. Zimmerman
Source: Science, Vol. 316: 204-205
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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DescriptionUnderstanding the consequences of global environmental change and its mitigation will require an integrated global effort of comprehensive long-term data collection, synthesis, and action (1). The last decade has seen a dramatic global increase in the number of networked monitoring sites. For example, FLUXNET is a global collection of >300 micrometeorological terrestrial-flux research sites (see figure, right) that monitor fluxes of CO2, water vapor, and energy (2–4). A similar, albeit sparser, network of ocean observation sites is quantifying the fluxes of greenhouse gases (GHGs) from oceans and their role in the global carbon cycle (5, 6). These networks are operated on an ad hoc basis by the scientific community. Although FLUXNET and other observation networks cover diverse vegetation types within a 70oS to 30oN latitude band (3) and different oceans (5, 6), there are not comprehensive and reliable data from African and Asian regions. Lack of robust scientific data from these regions of the world is a serious impediment to efforts to understand and mitigate impacts of climate and environmental change (5, 7).
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CitationSundareshwar, P.V.; Murtugudde, R.; Srinivasan, G.; Singh, S.; Ramesh, K.J.; Ramesh, R.; Verma, S.B.; Agarwal, D.; Baldocchi, D.; Baru, C.K.; Baruah, K.K.; Chowdhury, G.R.; Dadhwal, V.K.; Dutt, C.B.S.; Fuentes, J.; Gupta, Prabhat, K.; Hardgrove, W.W.; Howard, M.; Jha, C.S.; Lal, S.; Michener, W.K.; Mitra, A.P.; Morris, J.T.; Myneni, R.R.; Naja, M.; Nemani, R.; Purvaja, R.; Raha, S.; Santhana Vanan, S.K.; Sharma, M.; Subramaniam, A.; Sukumar, R.; Twilley, R.R.; Zimmerman, P.R. 2007. Environmental monitoring network for India. Science, Vol. 316: 204-205
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