Reference : An analysis of the random error affecting CO2 fluxes measured by eddy covariance.
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/57438
An analysis of the random error affecting CO2 fluxes measured by eddy covariance.
English
Laffineur, Quentin mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Sciences et technologie de l'environnement > Physique des bio-systèmes >]
Heinesch, Bernard mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Sciences et technologie de l'environnement > Physique des bio-systèmes >]
Aubinet, Marc mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Sciences et technologie de l'environnement > Physique des bio-systèmes >]
2009
No
No
International
European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2009
du 19 avril 2009 au 24 avril 2009
European Geosciences Union
Vienna
Austria
[en] Random error ; eddy-covariance ; CO2
[en] This study focuses on random errors associated with eddy covariance flux measurements. This error is heteroscedastic,
increases linearly with the flux magnitude and the error on CO2 flux decreases with increasing wind
speed. As random errors accumulate in quadrature, they are less critical than systematic errors as far as flux sums
are concerned. On the other hand it may affect significantly half-hour data and pose problem for modelling or
analysis of flux response to environmental parameters. It is therefore useful to characterize the site and the specific
conditions under which the random error is the most important.
The random error on CO2 flux was computed at two sites, one cropland and one forested site, by using the
daily differencing approach (DDA, Hollinger and Richardson 2005). Relationships with flux and wind speed were
compared between different periods (day vs. night, growing season vs. rest of the year) and for different flux
computation methods.
First, an increase of random error with decreasing wind speed was observed at low speed. This effect was
not observed during the rest period at the cropland site and disappears when a high-pass filtering is applied to the
data. It may be explained by two processes: on one hand, the below canopy air layer is less efficiently mixed which
can create large flux variations when CO2 sources and sinks are separated. On the other hand, mesoscale motions
may exceed small-scale turbulence at low wind speed. At similar wind speeds, the random error was lower at the
cropland than at the forested site, which can be due to either process: indeed, at the cropland site, the distance
between CO2 sources and sinks is smaller which reduce the low mixing effect but the site is also more flat and
homogeneous which reduce the impact of mesoscale movements. The possibility of mesoscale movement impact
is supported by the fact that the effect disappears when applying a high pass filtering.
The random error was also found sensitive to the computational method: in particular it is larger when the
flux is computed using the block average rather than the running mean, it increases when storage is taken into
account and decreases when data are filtered by applying stationarity screening or u* filtering.
Union Européenne = European Union - UE = EU
IMECC: Infrastructure for Measurements of the European Carbon Cycle
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/57438

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