Joint Session J2.3 Measuring in-canopy advection of carbon dioxide using a new transect measurement system (TRAM)

Wednesday, 30 April 2008: 2:00 PM
Floral Ballroom Jasmine (Wyndham Orlando Resort)
Steven P. Oncley, NCAR, Boulder, CO; and K. Schwenz, J. Sun, and R. Monson

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An imbalance often is seen over forests between estimates of net ecosystem exchange (NEE) of carbon from above-canopy eddy-correlation flux measurements and other methods. One hypothesis is that nocturnal emission of carbon dioxide from soils preferentially builds up in low-lying

areas and drains to locations not sampled by the above-canopy sensors. To investigate this hypothesis, we developed an instrument platform that carries a carbon dioxide sensor and a sonic anemometer along a path through a forest canopy. The platform operates like a toy electric train, with a motorized set of wheels driving along a track. The track consists of a sequence of cables suspended from towers that forms a closed circuit. We show results from the first use of this system along a 220m transect sampling at the bottom and middle of the canopy at the University of Colorado's

Flux Facility CUFF in an alpine forest at Niwot Ridge.

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