Atmosphere Journal: Special Issue


Leaf to Ecosystem: The Latest in Measuring Bio-Atmospheric Integrations at Multiple Scales



30 April 2019

Guest Editor:

George Burba, LI-COR Biosciences, Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute, and the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA (;

Key Topics:

  • The latest scientific, methodological and technical developments connecting ecosystem measurement scales from leaf and soil, to the field, and to the region: in-situ, remote sensing, and modelling.
  • Important considerations for linking leaf and soil measurements to the ecosystem and agrosystem field-scale measurements
  • Important aspects of linking ecosystem and agrosystem field-scale measurements to regional and global scales


The full title is “From Single Leaf to Ecosystems: The Latest Scientific, Methodological and Technical Developments Connecting Ecosystem Measurements Scales from Leaf and Soil, to Field and Region”.

The Special Issue will report on the latest developments that help bridge research efforts and measurement techniques at all scales into more vertically integrated approaches.

We are striving for 10-15 papers for this issue, with a limit of about 20 papers on a first submitted/first accepted basis. We envision several types of publications, including full original research papers, overview papers, and technical notes. All accepted manuscripts will be citable peer-reviewed articles. A printed book may also be considered depending on the number and the quality of the submitted manuscripts.


The Special Issue will be largely based on the manuscripts originated from six closely-related events listed below but will also consider and welcome any other relevant manuscripts.

  • Potsdam GHG Flux Workshop: “From Natural to Urban Systems”, Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam, German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), Potsdam, Germany, October 19-23, 2015
  • Potsdam GHG Flux Workshop: “From Photosystems to Ecosystems”, Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam, German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), Potsdam, Germany, October 24-26, 2017
  • 3 Sessions on “Advanced Plant Phenotyping for Global Food Security: Lessons Across Measurement Scales from Leaf, to Field, to Remote Sensing I, II, III” at American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 11-15, 2017
  • Potsdam GHG Flux Workshop - Nanjing: “From Leaf, Soil and Canopy to Remote Sensing and Modelling”, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (former Nanjing Institute of Meteorology), Nanjing, China, October 22-25, 2018

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