The third OzFlux data processing workshop was held at UTS during the week of 4-8 June 2012. With over 15 eddy covariance tower sites now in the OzFlux network, the purpose of this workshop was to provide scientists, primarily post-graduate students and post-docs, with a data processing system they can use to provide themselves, their colleagues and the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and OzFlux with the most consistent, high quality data possible.
Students in this workshop were provided lectures on the theoretical underpinnings of their measurements, background on the methodologies and theory of flux data QA/QC and standard corrections, and the opportunity to process and analyse data from their own towers. Instructors in this course were Drs. Ray Leuning and Eva Van Gorsel (CSIRO), Dr. Peter Isaac (OzFlux) and Dr. James Cleverly (UTS:C3).
To provide a consistent environment for network data analysis and processing, James and Peter developed the software underpinnings of this workshop in the programming language Python.
An outcome of this workshop was the release of OzFluxQCv2.0, which implements the Climatology and Forecasting meta-data standards, which are meant to promote global processing and sharing of data files and is the primary data standard adopted by many organisations and agencies.
Dr James Cleverly is an eco-hydrologist and bio-meteorologist and a member of the Terrestrial Ecohydrology Research Group in the Plant Functional Biology and Climate Change Cluster.