Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2017, Vol. 8 ›› Issue (2): 115-120.doi: 10.5814/j.issn.1674-764x.2017.02.001

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Recognizing the Scientific Mission of Flux Tower Observation Networks—Lay the Solid Scientific Data Foundation for Solving Ecological Issues Related to Global Change

YU Guirui1, 2, *, CHEN Zhi1, ZHANG Leiming1, 2, PENG Changhui3, 4, CHEN Jingming5, 6, PIAO Shilong7, 8, ZHANG Yangjian1, NIU Shuli1, WANG Qiufeng1, 2, LUO Yiqi9, CIAIS Philippe10, BALDOCCHI D. Dennis11   

  1. 1. Synthesis Research Center of Chinese Ecosystem Research Network, and Key Laboratory of Ecosystem Network Observation and Modeling, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. College of Resources and Environment, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100190, China;
    3. Department of Biology Sciences, Centre for Forest Research, University of Quebec at Montreal, Montreal H3C 3P8, Canada;
    4. State Key Laboratory of Soil Erosion and Dryland Farming on the Loess Plateau, College of Forestry, Northwest A & F University, Yangling, Shaanxi 712100, China;;
    5. Department of Geography and Program in Planning, University of Toronto, Toronto M5S 2E8, ON, Canada;
    6. International Institute of Earth System Science, Nanjing University, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210093, China;
    7. Department of Ecology, College of Urban and Environmental Science, and Key Laboratory for Earth Surface Processes of the Ministry of Education, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China;
    8. Laboratory of Alpine Ecology and Biodiversity, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China;
    9. Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, 73019, USA;
    10. Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de I’Environnement, CEA-CNRS-UVSQ, Gif sur Yvette, 91191, France;
    11. Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley, CA, 94720, USA.
  • Received:2017-01-01 Online:2017-03-28 Published:2017-03-31
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    Science and Technology Service Network Initiative of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (KFJ-SW-STS-169) and National Natural Science Foundation of China ( 41671045 and 31600347).

Abstract: As the Earth entering into the Anthropocene, global sustainable development requires ecological research to evolve into the large-scale, quantitative, and predictive era. It necessitates a revolution of ecological observation technology and a long-term accumulation of scientific data. The ecosystem flux tower observation technology is the right one to meet this requirement. However, the unique advantages and potential values of global-scale flux tower observation are still not fully appreciated. Reviewing the development history of global meteorological observation and its scientific contributions to the society, we can get an important enlightenment to re-cognize the scientific mission of flux observation.

Key words: ecological prediction., ecological research, flux tower observation, global sustainable development, scientific data accumulation