Original paper

The assessment of water vapour and carbon dioxide fluxes above arable crops A comparison of methods

Schaaf, Stefan; Dämmgen, Ulrich; Grünhage, Ludger; Burkart, Stefan

Meteorologische Zeitschrift Vol. 14 No. 2 (2005), p. 151 - 155

published: May 10, 2005

DOI: 10.1127/0941-2948/2005/0016

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Vertical fluxes of water vapour and carbon dioxide obtained from gradient, eddy covariance (closed and open path systems) and chamber measurements above arable crops were compared with the directly measured energy balance and the harvested net biomass carbon. The gradient and chamber measurements were in the correct order of magnitude, whereas the closed path eddy covariance system showed unacceptably small fluxes. Correction methods based on power spectra analysis yielded increased fluxes. However, the energy balance could not be closed satisfactorily. The application of the open path system proved to be successful. The SVAT model PLATIN which had been adapted to various arable crops was able to depict the components of the energy balance adequately. Net carbon fluxes determined with the corrected closed path data sets, chamber, and SVAT model equal those of the harvested carbon.