Recurrence Analysis of Eddy Covariance Fluxes

  • Milan Flach
  • Holger Lange
  • Thomas Foken
  • Michael Hauhs
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 180)

Abstract

Measuring energy and matter fluxes between the atmosphere and vegetation using the Eddy Covariance (EC) technique is the state-of-the-art method to quantify carbon exchange between terrestrial ecosystems and their surrounding. The EC equipment is usually mounted onto a flux tower reaching higher than the local canopy. Today, more than 600 flux towers are in operation worldwide. The methodological requirements lead to high sampling frequency (20 Hz) and thus to the production of very long time series. These are related to temperature, wind components, water vapour, heat and gas exchange, and others. In this chapter, the potential of Recurrence Analysis (RA) to investigate the dynamics of this atmosphere-vegetation boundary system is elucidated. In particular, the effect of temporal resolution, the identification of periods particular suitable for reliable EC flux calculations, and the detection of transitions between dynamical regimes will be highlighted.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Milan Flach
    • 1
  • Holger Lange
    • 2
  • Thomas Foken
    • 3
  • Michael Hauhs
    • 3
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institute for BiogeochemistryJenaGermany
  2. 2.Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy ResearchÅsNorway
  3. 3.University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research (BayCEER)BayreuthGermany

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