ChEAS 2012

Observing and simulating carbon cycle impacts of forest management and climate variability in heterogenous landscapes

June 26-30, 2012, Kemp Natural Resources Station, Woodruff, WI

ChEAS participants

About The Meeting

Over the past 15 years, the Chequamegon Ecosystem Atmosphere Study has built an impressive legacy of spatially distributed long-term data on ecosystem carbon and water cycling in temperate and boreal transition forests and wetlands of the upper Midwest USA, centered in northern Wisconsin. This year, after a brief hiatus, we are brining back the successful multidisciplinary ChEAS meeting. Unlike previous years, the focus of this meeting is narrower, reflecting a particular set of interests from a number of labs focused on constraining and improving predictions from ecosystem models of carbon cycling in spatially heterogenous, managed landscapes or developing the network and database of past and ongoing observations (flux towers, tall tower, airborne and satellite remote sensing, biometric, and physiological) for improved assimilation into models. The outcome of this meeting is closer integration and new directions for a number of parallel research efforts on these topics.

Conference organizers:

Registration and Participation List

Registration closes on Monday, February 27. To register, simply fill out your information on this Google spreadsheet link. There is no fee to register. Lodging for night of 6/27 is limited to 20 and field trip may be space limited. The remaining nights have up to 30 beds available. Lodging and field trip slots will be filled on a first come first serve basis. Additional hotel lodging is available in the towns of Minocqua and Woodruff.

Travel Information

Information on flights and driving directions can be found at:

Information about lodging at Kemp Natural Resources Station:

There is no registration fee; conference rate shared-room lodging at Kemp will be $29 per person per night; breakfast, snacks, and lunches will be covered by the conference and served at shared kitchen facilities at Kemp; dinners will be at local area restuarants

Limited travel funds to support airfare or lodging is available on a first come first serve basis. Please contact for inquiries.


  • Tue, June 26 - first arrivals
  • Wed, June 27
    • 8:00 am - 12:00 pm: Small group discussion, breakfast, groceries and meeting prep
    • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch in Dining Hall, official meeting start
    • 1:00 - 3:45 pm: Five minute talks, Mead Building Lounge (Lower Level)
      • Batting order: Intro and logistics from meeting organizers, Ken Davis, Ankur Desai, Jonathan Thom, Erika Marin-Spiotta, Claire Phillips, Peter Curtis+Alex Fotis, Dong Hua, Erica Smithwick+Doug Baldwin+Kusum Naithani, Seyed Kia, Mike Dietze, Shawn Serbin, Aditya Singh, Robert Kennedy, Bruce Cook, Linda Parker, Mark Kubiske, Bjorn Brooks
    • 3:45 - 4:45 pm: Break + open discussion
    • 4:45 - 6:00 pm: Workshop I, Mead Lounge
      • Robert Kennedy - Remote sensing of land management, disturbance, and ecosystem properties
    • 6:30 pm: Depart for dinner at Minocqua Brewery and continue informal discussion: future directions/workshop goals/fieldtrip logistics
  • Thu, June 28
    • 7:00 am - 8:00 am: Breakfast + pack a lunch for field trip, Dining Hall
    • 8:00 am - 2:30 pm: Field trip, depart Kemp parking lot, visit Willow Creek, WLEF, and if time/interest, Sylvania
      • Schedule: 8:00 depart Kemp, 9 Willow Creek, 10:30 WLEF + lunch, 12:30 Sylvania (optional), 2 return
    • 2:30-3:30 pm: Break
    • 3:30-6:15 pm: Workshops II,III,IV, Mead Lounge
      • Workshop II: Mike Dietze - Challenges in ecosystem modeling and model-data fusion
      • Workshop III: Kusum Naithani - Characterizing observational and model uncertainty
      • Workshop IV: Linda Parker - Understanding drivers and patterns of land management in the region
    • 6:30 pm: Depart for Dinner at Lakeside Grill
  • Fri, June 29
    • 7:30 am - 8:30 am: Breakfast, Dining Hall
    • 8:30 am - 9:30 am: Workshop V, Boathouse
      • Ankur Desai - Dealing with in situ observations of carbon cycle components in models
    • 9:30 am - 10:00 am: Break
    • 10:00 am - 11:00 am: Workshop summary reports, Boathouse
    • 11:00 am - 12:00 am: Final discussion on outcomes; future papers, proposals, projects; meeting evaluation
    • 12:00 pm Lunch, Dining Hall
    • Afternoon: Departures or continued discussion
  • Sat, Jun 30 - Sun, Jul 1
    • Morning: Final departures

Presentations, photos and notes


This workshop is funded by the National Science Foundation DEB-0845166 and Wisconsin Focus on Energy EERD #10-06. -- AnkurDesai - 2012-01-25

Topic revision: r1 - 2012-01-25 - 16:22:32 - AnkurDesai
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