Boundary-Layer Meteorology

, Volume 113, Issue 2, pp 201–224 | Cite as

The Influence of Advection on the Short Term CO2-Budget in and Above a Forest Canopy


An experimental micrometeorological set-up was established at the CARBOEURO-FLUX site in Tharandt, Germany, to measure all relevant variables for the calculation of the vertical and horizontal advective fluxes of carbon dioxide. The set-up includes two auxiliary towers to measure horizontal and vertical CO2 and H2O gradients through the canopy, and to make ultrasonic wind measurements in the trunk space. In combination with the long-term flux tower an approximately even-sided prism with a typical side-length of 50 m was established. It is shown that under stable (nighttime) conditions the mean advective fluxes have magnitudes on the same order as the daily eddy covariance (EC) flux, which implies that they play a significant, but not yet fully understood, role in the carbon budget equation. The two advective fluxes are opposite and seem to cancel each other at night (at least for these measurements). During the day, vertical advection tends to zero, while horizontal advection is still present implying a flow of CO2 out of the control volume. From our measurements, a mean daily gain of 2.2 gC m−2 d−1 for the horizontal advection and a mean daily loss of 2.5 gC m−2d−1 for the vertical advection is calculated for a period of 20 days. However the large scatter of the advective fluxes has to be further investigated. It is not clear yet whether the large variability is natural or due to measurement errors and conceptual deficiencies of the experiment. Similar results are found in the few comparable studies.

Advection Carbon sequestration CO2 Forest ecosystems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Meteorology, Climatology and Remote SensingUniversity of BaselSwitzerland
  2. 2.Institute of Hydrology and MeteorologyDresden University of TechnologyGermany
  3. 3.Institute of Meteorology, Climatology and Remote SensingUniversity of BaselSwitzerland

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