Biophysical Measurements and Sensors Community

The Biophysical Measurements and Sensors Community is an ASA Community within the Climatology and Modeling Section.

Measurements and the continual development of sensors are the backbone of climatological research and the development and validation biophysical models.  The focus of this community will be the dissemination of knowledge relating to biophysical measurements and the development of technology to better characterize the biophysical environment.  Topics include instrumentation for measurement in the soil plant atmosphere continuum and can range from cellular level to the field scale.  Areas of interest may include soil and plant water relations, canopy structure and dynamics, radiation, and fluxes of mass and energy.


Our community invites its members and others to join us at the 2017 Annual Meeting for our community-sponsored symposium:

Advances in Characterizing Agriculture's Role in the Nitrogen Cycle: Measurement Methods, Instruments, and Insights

Wednesday, October 25, 2017: 9:30 AM-11:50 AM

Marriott Tampa Waterside, Florida Salon IV


This symposium is co-sponsored by the SSSA Soil Phyisca and Hydrology Division, Apogee Instruments, and Campbell Scientific.  The syymposium will focus on measurement methods and instrumentation that help to quanitfy the storage and movement of nitrogen throughout the environment as it relates to agriculture.  The symposium includes aspects of measuring nitrogen in and between soils, water, biological systems, and the atmosphere.  The subject matter is intentionally broad in order to provide a bigger-picture context of agriculture's role in the nitrogen cycle and how various agricultural systems interact.  It also is meant to provide an overview of various measurements currently being used or that are needed.

A brief community planning session will be held during the last 15 minutes of the symposium to elect a new vice leader and solicit ideas for next year's community-sponsored symposium.