2024 ESS PI Meeting Expanded Agenda

April 16–17, 2024  |  Hybrid Meeting

All Times in Eastern Daylight Time

Tuesday, April 16

Overview of Program and Updates

Location: Grand Ballroom

Chair: Beth Drewniak

8:30 a.m.Welcome and Introduction, Speaker: Beth Drewniak (Lab Detailee, Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences Division)

8:40 a.m.State of BER, Speaker: Dorothy Koch (Associate Director, U.S. Department of Energy Biological and Environmental Research Program)

8:50 a.m.ESS Program Update, Speaker: Brian Benscoter (Program Manager, Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences Division)

Plenary Session I – Broadening the Reach with New Interfaces

Location: Grand Ballroom
Chair: Brian Benscoter

9:00–9:30 a.m.Temporal and Spatial Variation in the Drivers of Ecosystem Processes in Mountains Around the World, Speaker: Aimée Classen (University of Michigan)

9:30–10:00 a.m.Carbon Biogeochemistry Along the Terrestrial-Aquatic Continuum, Speaker: Natalie Griffiths (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

10:00–10:15 a.m. — E3SM Phase 3 (and Beyond) Capabilities, Priorities, and Goals for Earth System Sciences, Speaker: Ben Bond-Lamberty (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

10:15–10:30 a.m. Solving Impossible Problems: Working Across and Between Science Agencies, Speaker: Chip Miller (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

10:30–10:45 a.m.VIRTUAL: AI/ML for Accelerating Data Integration Across Interfaces, Speaker: Haruko Wainwright (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

10:45–11:15 a.m.Break 

Breakout Session I

11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Session A: Measuring and Modeling Resilience of Coastal and Terrestrial Aquatic Interfaces

Room: Grand Ballroom

Organizers: Jorge Villa (University of Louisiana–Lafayette), Jianqiu Zheng (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
Panelists: Genevieve Noyce (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center), Debjani Sihi (Emory University), Vanessa Bailey (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), Benjamin Sulman (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Tim Morin (State University of New York)

Session information: Panelists will introduce their work in the context of resilience, research gaps, and challenges. Then, a conversation with the panelists will follow based on the audience and session organizer’s questions.

Session B: Participatory Science Without the Parachute: Enhancing Mutual Benefit Within and Beyond ESS via Shared Learning Across Participatory Networks

Room: Regency Ballroom A

Organizers: Avni Malhotra (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), Colleen Iversen (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
Speakers/Panelists: Paul Hanson (SPRUCE), Molly Cavaleri (TRACE, Virtual Presenter), Nick Ward (COMPASS-FME), Allison Myers-Pigg (EXCHANGE), Amy Goldman, James Stegen, and Tim Scheibe (WHONDRS), Emily Graham and John Bargar (MONet), Luke McCormack (FRED), Margaret Torn and Christin Buechner (AmeriFlux), Gavin McNicol and Youmi Oh (CH4 Database Gaps), Vanessa-Garayburu Caruso (ICON, FAIR, CARE and TRUST Frameworks)

Breakout Agenda:

  • Flash talks (30 minutes
  • Small group discussions (30 minutes)
  • Report outs from each group and panel discussion (30 minutes)

Session Information: The goals of this session are to (1) highlight the range of participatory projects within and beyond ESS and (2) to share insights on lessons learned and pain points. ESS researchers are engaged in an array of participatory networks (e.g., MONet, EXCHANGE, WHONDRS, AmeriFlux) manipulative experiments (e.g., SPRUCE, TEMPEST), and crossdisciplinary projects (e.g., NGEEs, E3SM), which are run via different operational and participation models (e.g., from highly local to distributed). Each operational model comes with different benefits and constraints. Each project tackles different issues spanning from work-safety culture alignment, data and authorship policies, logistical constraints, interactions with local communities, and more. At their core, participatory networks and projects strive for mutual benefit across those that run or lead the network, those that participate in the network, and those that are otherwise impacted by the network’s outcomes. This session will explore if there are opportunities to develop best practices for participatory networks and projects through learning and sharing across projects and whether a more intentional emphasis on participatory science is needed. After all, collaboration across disciplines, institutions, and international science communities enables scientific discoveries across highly collaborative and integrated ESS projects.

In this breakout session, representatives from each project will summarize their operating model, the benefits they see, the constraints they feel, the lessons they have learned, and the opportunities they envision. In turn, session participants will form into small groups to discuss their perspectives on costs/benefits of, their experiences with, and opportunities for participatory networks. The third phase of the session will be based on small group report-outs and whole-session discussion, ending with ideas for tangible actions (e.g., forming a working group, proposing conference sessions, initiating a perspective paper). The organizers envision this breakout as the starting point for continued engagement across ESS-associated projects, with a potential outcome being a participatory project working group.

Session C: Recent Highlights in Hydrobiogeochemistry

Room: Regency Ballroom B

Organizers: Inke Forbrich and Kennedy Doro (University of Toledo)

Breakout Agenda: 

  • Introduction/Overview
    • Speakers: Kennedy Doro and Inke Forbrich (10 min)
  • Introduction of Speakers (5min)
  • Presentations (10 min each): Zoe Cardon (Marine Biological Laboratory), Xavier Comas (University of Florida), Emilio Grande (California State University–East Bay), Stephanie Wilson (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center)
  • Q&A and General Discussion

Session Information: The movement of water and the transformation of energy and matter in terrestrial-aquatic interfaces is distinctively different from, but coupled to, processes occurring in adjacent terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The organizational principles (i.e., the drivers and controls) of spatially and temporally variable processes at these interfaces are poorly understood and require the integrated analysis of hydrological, biogeochemical, and ecological processes. A lack thereof limits the ability to predict system responses to (hydrological) change. This session aims to highlight recent research activities investigating controls on redox-sensitive processes in terrestrial-aquatic interfaces, ranging from soil and rhizosphere processes to watershed scale. In addition, this session will discuss a hierarchy of relevant processes to be studied in a planned ecosystem-scale inundation experiment.

Session D: Integrated Chemical and Physical Imaging of Biogeochemical Processes and Interfaces: Molecular to Regional Scale

Room: Lake Anne

Organizers: Tamas Varga (Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory), Chris Anderton (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), Ken Kemner (Argonne National Laboratory)
Chairs: Christopher Anderton (Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), Kenneth Kemner (Argonne National Laboratory)
Organizing Committee: Tamas Varga (Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory), Odeta Qafoku, Arunima Bhattacharjee, and John Bargar (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), Zou Finfrock (Argonne National Laboratory), Samuel Webb (Stanford University)

Breakout Agenda:

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks (5 min)
  • Part 1: X-ray, Electron, and Mass Spectrometry-Based Modalities
    • Talk 1: From Molecular- to Field-Scale Investigation of Iron Biogeochemistry in Marine and Freshwater Coastal Environments
      • Speaker: Lucie Stetten (Argonne National Laboratory; 10+5 min)
    • Talk 2: Exploring Soil Chemistry with Synchrotron Infrared Imaging
      • Speaker: Neslihan Taş (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; 10+5 min)
    • Talk 3: Mass spectrometry Imaging for Understanding Spatial and Temporal Rhizosphere Carbon Dynamics
      • Speaker: Richard Marinos (State University of New York–Buffalo; 10+5 min)
  • Part 2: Synthesis: Data Processing, Integration, and Automation
    • Talk 4: VIRTUAL: Combining Synchrotron X-ray Fluorescence Imaging with Conventional Microscopies to Obtain Multimodal Dataset for the Earth Sciences
      • Speaker: Samuel Webb (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; 10+5 min)
  • Discussion of ideas (25 min)
    • (i) Best Multimodal Approaches for BER; How to Utilize Integrated/Multimodal Chemical Imaging
    • (ii) Challenges and Needs for Data Integration, Correlation, and Fusion
    • (iii) How Do We Go About Scaling Up the Data/Information for Models
  • Adjourn (1.5 hr total session time)


Talk 1: From Molecular- to Field-Scale Investigation of Iron Biogeochemistry in Marine and Freshwater Coastal Environments

PI: Lucie Stretten (Argonne National Laboratory)

Hydrological fluctuations in coastal terrestrial-aquatic interfaces impact the behavior of redox-sensitive elements such as iron (Fe), which is directly implicated in the biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nutrients, and contaminants. This talk will present a collaborative study conducted within the Coastal Observations, Mechanisms, and Predictions Across Systems and Scales – Field, Measurements, and Experiments project, which aims to understand Fe cycling across coastal ecosystems and improve the predictions of soil biogeochemical responses to hydrological disturbances.

The team combined X-ray absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, 16S rRNA sequencing, and pore water chemistry analyses to study Fe biogeochemistry across upland to shoreline gradients along the Lake Erie and the Chesapeake Bay coasts. Researchers show that Fe occurs mainly in its oxidized form, Fe(III), in cores collected from unsaturated upland and transition locations, with variable proportions of Fe(III)-oxyhydroxide, Fe(II,III)-phyllosilicate, and Fe(III)-organic species, depending on the soil characteristics (e.g., mineral and organic carbon contents). In water-saturated soils (i.e., wetlands and some upland-wetland transition zones), varying Fe(III)/Fe(II) ratios and reduced Fe(II) species revealed diverse redox and biogeochemical conditions. At the Lake Erie wetlands, Fe reduction was identified as a dominant process responsible for the release of Fe(II) to the pore waters. Nevertheless, the extent of Fe(III) reduction was limited by the presence of recalcitrant Fe(III) in phyllosilicates. In the Chesapeake Bay wetlands and one transition site, the pore water sulfide concentrations and the abundance of pyrite (FeS2) indicate that Fe cycling is controlled by sulfur-driven redox dynamics. In contrast, some transition sites at both Lake Erie and Chesapeake Bay showed predominantly oxidized Fe(III) despite water-saturated conditions. At these sites, the pore water chemistry was indicative of little to no reduction of Fe(III) and of sulfate, suggesting water inputs that may have impacted microbial redox processes. These results demonstrate the advantage of combining classic solid and pore water analyses with advanced techniques such as X-ray absorption spectroscopy for determining elemental speciation across various scales and improving our understanding of biogeochemical cycling in natural environments.

Talk 2: Exploring Soil Chemistry with Synchrotron Infrared Imaging

PI: Neslihan Taş (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

The current understanding of the change in organic matter chemistry in Arctic soils is based on bulk measurements in the scale of gram material (mm-cm) that cannot account for micron-scale spatial differences with significant surface topography that are critical for understanding microbial interactions and transformations. The Berkeley Synchrotron Infrared Structural Biology (BSISB) imaging program, located at LBNL Advanced Light Source (ALS), develops and provides infrared imaging methodologies to look at molecular structure and chemical bonds at micron-scale. Using synchrotron radiation-based Fourier transform infrared spectral imaging (SR-FTIR) at the BSISB beamline, researchers nondestructively observe microbes within soil samples and examine their intracellular and extracellular chemistry.

Talk 3: Mass Spectrometry Imaging for Understanding Spatial and Temporal Rhizosphere Carbon Dynamics

PI: Richard Marinos (State University of New York–Buffalo)

Carbon (C) subsidies from plant-root exudates are perhaps the most important control on the extent and intensity of rhizosphere microbial activity. These inputs are highly dynamic in time, responsive to environmental conditions, and controlled by a number of root functional traits. The spatial and temporal dynamics of root exudates remain challenging to study, however, and even more challenging to scale from single-root observations to plant- or ecosystem-scale estimates of flux. Here, this talk discusses recent advances in mass spectrometry imaging that are opening up new opportunities for understanding the when and where of root exudate fluxes. This talk highlights ongoing work that uses Fourier transform-ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FT-ICR-MS) imaging to examine how the quantity, quality, and location of root exudation changes in response to drought. This talk will also touch upon laser ablation isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) imaging methods that allow examination of the extent of rhizosphere C fluxes and discuss strategies for whole-plant scaling and incorporation into models.

Talk 4: Combining Synchrotron X-ray Fluorescence Imaging with Conventional Microscopies to Obtain Multimodal Dataset for the Earth Sciences

PI: Samuel Webb (SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)

X-ray fluorescence (XRF) imaging from synchrotron sources has become a go-to technique across the Earth sciences for the spatial determination of elemental distributions on scales from the nanoscale to the macroscale. Synchrotrons provide both high brightness and tunability of the incident X-ray energy to provide unique sensitivities and to perform spectroscopy for chemical species information. With any technique, the ability to expand informational content with other techniques is often highly desired and important for data interpretation. Imaging techniques across different modalities can be difficult to treat in more than a qualitative manner due to the difficulty in the registration of images from different techniques. This is often apparent when the different imaging modalities produce vastly different distributions of data that provide little in terms of common reference points.
This presentation will show how a multimodal data collection and analysis approach is being implemented at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource, using imaging data from optical/fluorescence light microscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) microscopy, and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) imaging. Data is processed in a data pipeline as a coherent multimodal set of data, where each pixel of the data image stack contains information from each of the data modalities. Applications of this type of data collection approach to the Earth sciences will be discussed.

Session E: Strategic Data Management in Team Science Environments and Beyond and Data Integration to Advance Environmental System Science

Room: Lake Thoreau

Organizers: Joan Damerow and Christin Buechner (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
Panelists: Housen Chu (AmeriFlux), Joan Damerow (ESS-DIVE), Ben Bond-Lamberty (COMPASS), Amy Goldman (PNNL River Corridor and Biogeochemistry SFA), Youmi Oh (NOAA)

Session Information: ESS research often requires multidisciplinary science teams to understand and model multiscale processes that involve diverse data types. More and more data is being collected, utlizing significant resources. As Elizabeth Wolkowich wrote in 2012: “An ecological dataset collected at a certain place and time represents an irreproducible set of observations; ecologists doing local, independent research possess, in their file cabinets and spreadsheets, a wealth of information about the natural world and how it is changing.” Making data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reproducible (FAIR) is not a controversial goal, but it takes intentional data management strategies to achieve this goal, particularly in large team science projects.

Furthermore, integrating datasets from different sources can unlock additional scientific returns on data collection efforts. This breakout session gathers perspectives from data providers, data users, and data repositories on intentional data management to make data FAIR. This session will collect feedback on technical and community needs for setting the course toward advancing environmental and biological data integration and reuse capabilities.

12:45–2:15 p.m.Lunch

Lunchtime Breakouts

1:15–2:15 p.m. (Choose between two sessions)

Session 1: Community Updates I

Room: Regency Ballroom A
Chair: Amy Swain (Program Manager, Biological Systems Science Division)

a. AI’s Impact on Understanding the Methane Cycle: Workshop Highlights
Speaker: Pamela Weisenhorn (Argonne National Laboratory)
b. Outcomes of the Critical Knowledge Gaps for Coastal Systems Workshop
Speaker: Elizabeth Herndon (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
c. New Advances in Environmental Research at EMSL
Speaker: Emily Graham (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
d. Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) User Facility Operations Update and Field Campaign Process
Speaker: Nicki Hickmon (Argonne National Laboratory)
e. eBERLight
Speaker: Ken Kemner (Argonne National Laboratory)

Session 2: Early Career

Room: Regency Ballroom B
Chair: Dan Stover (Program Manager, Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences Division)

Poster Sessions I and II

Location: Grand Ballroom D–F

2:15–3:45 p.m.Poster Session I

3:45–4:00 p.m. Break

4:00–5:30 p.m.Poster Session II

Roundtable Grand Ballroom

5:30–6:30 p.m.Inclusive and Equitable Research: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

Chair: Julie Carruthers (Director, U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science —Office of Workforce Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)
Participants: Vanessa Bailey (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), Bob Bolton (Oak Ridge National Laboratory), Cristina Negri (Argonne National Laboratory),
Charu Varadharajan (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Amrita Bhattacharyya (University of San Francisco)

6:30 p.m.Adjourn Day 1


Poster Sessions III and IV

Location: Grand Ballroom D–F

8:30–10:00 a.m.Poster Session III

10:00–10:30 a.m. — Break

10:30–12:00 p.m. — Poster Session IV

12:00–1:30 p.m.Lunch

Lunchtime Breakouts

12:30–1:30 p.m. (Choose between two sessions)

Session 1: Community Updates II

Room: Regency Ballroom A
Chair: Paul Bayer (Program Manager, Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences Division)

a. An Overview of the NVCL Portal’s Enhanced Capabilities
Speaker: Cristina Negri (Argonne National Laboratory)
b. Southeast Land-Atmosphere Research Opportunities to Enhance the AMF3 Deployment
Speaker: Chris Oishi (U.S. Forest Service)
c. Cyberinfrastructure Working Groups Annual Meeting: Updates and Future Plans
Speaker: David Moulton (Los Alamos National Laboratory)
d. USGCRP/National Nature Assessment
Speaker: Mike Kuperberg and Allison Crimmins (U.S Global Change Research Program)
e. New AmeriFlux Resources for the ESS Community
Speaker: Margaret Torn (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)

Session 2: ESS-DIVE Tutorial for PIs and Data Managers

Room: Regency Ballroom B
Organizers: Madison Burrus and Joan Damerow (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
Speaker: Madison Burrus
Session Information: The ESS-DIVE data repository has expanded features and resources to support Environmental System Science, such as project data management and sharing, reporting publication progress, large data support, and enhanced search. This session is designed for ESS PI’s and data managers to learn about the growing suite of features and resources that the ESS-DIVE data repository provides for data management, publication, and use.

Plenary Session II Grand Ballroom

1:30–1:15 p.m.Synthesis Science Panel

Chair: Dan Stover (Program Manager, Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences Division)
Panel: Gavin McNicol (University of Illinois–Chicago), Kirsten Coe (Middlebury College), Debjani Sihi (Emory University), Eric Slessarev (Yale University)

2:15–3:00 p.m.Mentor Up Panel

Chair: Dan Stover
Speakers (2:15–2:35 p.m): Erika Marin-Spiotta (University of Wisconsin–Madison), Katie Schroeder-Spain (Program Manager, Honorary Career Awards)
Panel (2:35–3:00 p.m): Karis McFarlane (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), Genevieve Noyce (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center), Matthew Cohen (University of Florida)

3:00–3:30 p.m.Break

Breakout Session II

3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

Session A: Ecosystem Consequences of Changing Winters in the Anthropocene

Room: Grand Ballroom

Organizers: Stephanie Kivlin (University of Tennessee–Knoxville), Aimée Classen (University of Michigan)

Breakout Agenda:

  • Introduction
    • Speakers: Stephanie Kivlin and Aimée Classen
  • Theme 1: How Have Organisms Responded to Changing Winters Through Altered Process Rates or Phenology?
    • Are Trees Dormant During the Dormant Season? Determining the Importance of Plant Nutrient Uptake in Changing Cold Seasons in Cold-Region Catchments
      • Speaker: Christine Goodale (Cornell University)
    • Metagenomics and Synchrotron Fourier Transform Infrared Resolved Changes in Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling in an Arctic Tundra
      • Speaker: Neshlihan Tas Baas (NGEE Arctic)
  • Theme 2: How Have Interactions Among Organisms Shifted or Decoupled as a Result of Changing Winter Climates?
    • Mycorrhizal Phenology Under Altered Snowmelt Timing
      • Speaker: Hannah Shulman (Postdoc)
  • Theme 3: How Have Large-Scale Ecosystem Carbon and Nutrient Cycles Shifted Under Warmer Winters?
    • The Effect of Accelerated Snowmelt on Carbon Cycling Across a Growing Season
      • Speaker: Olivia Vought (Student) 
    • The Impact of Disturbances on the Trait-to-Function Relationships
      • Speaker: Nick Bouskill (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
    • Underpinning Watershed Biogeochemical Cycling
      • Speaker: Nick Bouskill
    • Linking Root and Soil Microbial Stress Metabolism to Watershed Biogeochemistry Under Rapid, Year-Round Environmental Change
      • Speaker: Chikae Tatsumi (Postdoc)

Session Information: Global warming is raising winter temperatures. Warming is also decreasing snowpack longevity and magnitude and increasing rain-on-snow events. These shifts are causing organisms to change their phenological windows to earlier in the growing season and altering the way nutrients and carbon are retained or lost from ecosystems. Differences in organismal cues to the environment (e.g., temperature and light for plants versus moisture for microorganisms) can create phenological mismatches in the growth and metabolism of key mutualisms such as plants and mycorrhizal fungi. The consequences of changing winter climates on ecosystems are just now starting to be realized, but the loss of nutrients from soils into aquatic ecosystems is likely given faster mineralization at the beginning of the growing season when there are not enough plant roots and/or mycorrhizal fungi to take up all the available nutrients and winter flooding events that transfer nutrients to aquatic systems when those ecosystems are dormant. This breakout session will cover three themes with six 12-minute presentations.

Session B: MONet

Room: Regency Ballroom A

Organizers: John Bargar and Emily Graham (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
Moderators: Emily Graham and John Bargar (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory), Satish Karra (Environmental Molecular National Laboratory)

Breakout Agenda:

  • Introduction
    • Speaker: Emily Graham (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
  • Science Talks
    • Enhancing Predictive Capabilities and Process Representation Across Watershed Scales Through the Integration of Genomic Data into Reactive Transport Models
      • Speaker: Dipankar Dwivedi (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
    • VIRTUAL: Towards a Continental-Scale Microbial Function and Trait Atlas
      • Speaker: Emiley Eloe-Fadrosh (DOE Joint Genome Institute)
    • Probing Process-Level Uncertainty in Soil Decomposition Models
      • Speaker: Matt Craig (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
    • Scaling Observations of Carbon Dynamics Across Thawing Tundra
      • Speaker: Beth Herndon (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
  • Flash Talks from MONet Participants
    • VIRTUAL: Erin Baggs (Sound Ag)
    • Luke McCormack (University of Illinois)
    • VIRTUAL: Richard Griffin (PVAMU/CAHS/ANE/CARC)
  • Group Discussions
    • Topic 1: What upscaled parameters would be most useful for conceptual and process-based model representations? What types of upscaling strategies should we employ and/or develop for generating these upscaled parameters?
    • Topic 2: Which external databases should we prioritize for integration with MONet data? Examples include but are not limited to WorldClim, NEON, and NASA databases.
    • Topic 3: As we expand into atmospheric and rhizosphere processes, what data types and modeling advancements should we prioritize in these domains? How might we begin to couple soil, rhizosphere, and atmospheric processes?
  • Group Report Out
  • Final Remarks

Session C: Enhancing the Synergy Between Remote Sensing and Flux Communities for Societal Benefits

Room: Regency Ballroom B

Organizers: Nicola Falco, Housen Chu, and Koong Yi (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Inke Forbrich (University of Toledo)
Speakers: Mallory L. Barnes (Indiana University), Hamid Norouzi (New York City College of Technology), Melinda D. Smith (Colorado State University)

Breakout Agenda:

  • Introduction to the Session
    • Speaker: Nicola Falco, Housen Chu, and Koong Yi (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), Inke Forbrich (University of Toledo)
  • Lightning Presentations
    • VIRTUAL: Integrating Flux Data and Remote Sensing for Enhanced Carbon Accounting: Ensuring Robust and Credible Nature-Based Climate Solutions
      • Speaker: Mallory L. Barnes (Indiana University)
    • Advancements in Urban Heat Island Dynamics: Integrating Remote Sensing and Ground-Based Measurements
      • Speaker: Hamid Norouzi (New York City College of Technology)
    • Droughts and Deluges in Semiarid Grassland Ecosystems: Implications of Co-Occurring Extremes for Carbon Cycling
      • Speaker: Melinda D. Smith (Colorado State University)
  • Group Discussion
    • What can current/future projects benefit from integrated/upscaled RS-flux data? Particularly those that can’t be achieved by RS or flux tower alone?
    • What are the major challenges you are facing that could prevent this integration?
    • What type of RS-flux-integrated products would you like to see?
    • How can we (ESS) promote and enable greater collaborations to enhance this integration?
  • Concluding Remarks and Path Forward

Session Information: Global and regional networks of flux towers have played a crucial role in providing continuous, long-term data on carbon, water, and energy fluxes between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere. These networks are indispensable for gaining insights into ecosystem functions and processes. However, the effectiveness of flux data is often constrained by their limited spatial coverage, typically spanning only a few square kilometers. Concurrently, remote sensing (RS) has the potential to complement flux data across various scales. Thanks to advancements in both theory and technology, encompassing ground-based to satellite-based techniques such as hyperspectral and thermal imaging, RS now offers biophysical information across a range of spectral, spatiotemporal, and observational scales. As a result, the integration of eddy covariance observations with RS has become increasingly vital. This session aims to highlight research endeavors that establish connections between flux and RS data, spanning from ground-based observations to spaceborne platforms, covering a spectrum of current societal needs, from carbon monitoring to ecosystem functioning.

Session D: Advanced AI for ESS Science

Room: Lake Anne

Organizers: Pamela Weisenhorn and Nicki Hickmon (Argonne National Laboratory)

Session E: Disturbance Impacts in the Southeast

Room: Lake Thoreau
Organizers: Tom O’Halloran (Clemson University), Corianne Tatariw (Rowan University)

Breakout Agenda:

  • Coastal Forest Responses to Flooding Disturbances in the TEMPEST Landscape-Scale Experiment
    • Speaker: Peter Regier (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
  • Groundwater-Supported Vegetation Refugia as a Mechanism of Forest Recovery in the Medicine Bow Mountains, Southeastern Wyoming 
    • Speaker: Ye Zhang (University of Wyoming)
  • Flowpaths to Resilience: Can Hydrologic Connectivity Mediate Biogeochemical Response to Disturbance?
    • Speaker: Corianne Tatariw (Rowan University)
  • Exploring the Effects of Wildfire on River Corridor Biogeochemistry via Hypothesis-Based ModEx
    • Speaker: Allison Myers-Pigg (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
  • Wildfire Severity and Post-Fire Precipitation Influence on Pyrogenic Organic Carbon/Nitrogen Transport in Terrestrial-Aquatic Interfaces
    • Speaker: Gavin Gleasman (Clemson University)
  • Fire Emissions and Impacts Over the Southeast U.S.: Insights from E3SM Simulation
    • Speaker: Qing Zhu (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
  • Modeling Watershed Hydrologic and Biogeochemical Responses to Wildfires
    • Speaker: Xingyuan Chen (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

Closing Remarks Grand Ballroom

Location: Grand Ballroom
Chair: Gil Bohrer (IPA Program Manager, Earth and Environmental Systems Sciences Division)

5:00 p.m.Potential Intersections with BSSD, Speaker: Todd Anderson (Director, Biological Systems Science Division)

5:10 p.m. Modeling Community—Models and Scaling, Speaker: Ben Sulman (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

5:20 p.m.Open Discussion

5:30 p.m.Adjourn Meeting