FLUXALP is an instrumentation project that is designed to provide monitoring of
- (micro)meteorological variables;
- exchanges of carbon, water vapour and energy in the soil - snowpack - vegetation - atmosphere continuum;
- land surface parameters (snow cover dynamics, ecosystem phenology)
in a subalpine grassland of the Alps located at 2000 m near the Lautaret Pass.
This project is a joint initiative of four laboratories of the Observatory for Science and the Universe - Grenoble (OSUG) :
- hydrologists and micrometeorologists from LTHE;
- specialists of the cryosphere from CEN and LGGE;
- ecosystem ecologists from LECA and SAJF.
The launch of FLUXALP has been funded in 2012 by SAJF and the labex OSUG@2020 (Investissements d'Avenir).
The project is currently in its preparatory phase. A meteorological station has been installed in a candidate site on October 2012. Measured parameters are :
- air temperature, relative humidity, atmospheric pressure;
- short-wave and long-wave radiations (in and out components);
- snow height;
- Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI).
| Time lapse video of the Lautaret pass area from November 2012 onwards. Courtesy J. Renaud (LECA)|