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.

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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.