Articles | Volume 14, issue 2
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 14, 449–461, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-14-449-2022
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 14, 449–461, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-14-449-2022

Data description paper 03 Feb 2022

Data description paper | 03 Feb 2022

A flux tower dataset tailored for land model evaluation

Anna M. Ukkola et al.

Data sets

PLUMBER2: forcing and evaluation datasets for a model intercomparison project for land surface models v1.0 Anna M. Ukkola, Gab Abramowitz, and Martin De Kauwe https://doi.org/10.25914/5fdb0902607e1

La Thuile Synthesis Dataset FLUXNET https://fluxnet.org/data/la-thuile-dataset/

Leaf Area Index Copernicus Global Land Service https://land.copernicus.eu/global/products/lai

Mauna Loa CO2 monthly mean data P. Tans, and R. Keeling https://www.esrl.noaa.gov/ gmd/webdata/ccgg/trends/co2/co2_annmean_mlo.txt

CRU TS4.02: Climatic Research Unit (CRU) Time-Series (TS) version 4.02 of high-resolution gridded data of month-by-month variation in climate (Jan. 1901–Dec. 2017) (https://crudata.uea.ac.uk/cru/data/hrg/cru_ts_4.02/) University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit: I. C. Harris and P. D. Jones https://doi.org/10.5285/b2f81914257c4188b181a4d8b0a46bff

The FLUXNET2015 dataset and the ONEFlux processing pipeline for eddy covariance data Gilberto Pastorello, Carlo Trotta, Eleonora Canfora, et al. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-020-0534-3

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Short summary
Flux towers provide measurements of water, energy, and carbon fluxes. Flux tower data are invaluable in improving and evaluating land models but are not suited to modelling applications as published. Here we present flux tower data tailored for land modelling, encompassing 170 sites globally. Our dataset resolves several key limitations hindering the use of flux tower data in land modelling, including incomplete forcing variable, data format, and low data quality.