The air density correction to eddy flux measurements
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- Jones, E.P. & Smith, S.D. Boundary-Layer Meteorol (1978) 15: 357. doi:10.1007/BF02652607
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Under the usual assumptions for the atmospheric surface layer, we show that air density fluctuations, particularly those due to temperature fluctuations associated with a heat flux, result in a small mean vertical wind velocity. Because of this, there can be a significant correction to eddy flux measurements of passive scalars, for example CO2, whose average concentration is very large compared to concentration fluctuations associated with the eddy flux.