Category: Flux Towers

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New study site and paper published

Today Kathi and Georg made the long drive to Lunz am See to set up an eddy covariance flux tower within the CarbEx project. Since the platform has been removed during winter, the flux tower as set up at the shore of the lake close to the Water Cluster Lunz in the meantime, before it will be moved to the platform in spring. The aim of the project is to link hydrological extremes to the carbon cycle of Lunzer See and the eddy flux measurements yield the lake-atmosphere CO2 flux.


The methane/nitrous oxide flux paper has been finally published in BG: Hörtnagl L., Wohlfahrt G. (2014) Methane and nitrous oxide exchange over a managed hay meadow. Biogeosciences 11, 7219-7236. link

Field campaign

In the context of RadarSat overpasses Katharina and Georg went to the pasture EC site in Vinschgau to do some EcoBot measurements for the HighResAlp project. The EcoBot was recently upgraded with a GPS and Decagon NDVI and PRI sensors (see picture). We collected at total of 240 measurements within the footprint of the eddy covariance tower.

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At the same time the Applied Remote Sensing group from EURAC flew a hyperspectral camera with their new toy, the drone (see picture). The collected data will be used to explore the effects of within-footprint heterogeneity on fluxes measured by eddy covariance.
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New study site

IMG_6942Yesterday Albin and Georg set up a new flux tower in Vinschgau on a non-irrigated pasture close to the existing one on an irrigated and mowed grassland. Flux measurements at both sites will be used to validate remote sensing and modelling approaches for evapotranspiration and soil moisture within the HighResAlp project.

New study site

IMG_2664On 17th June 2013 Albin and Georg set up a new eddy covariance flux tower at the Alpine Research Station Furka (ALPFOR). The main objective of the CO2 and energy flux measurements at Furka is to complement our existing range of mountain flux sites, which comprise low to medium elevation grassland sites in the Alps, with a truly alpine site (see here for a webcam image). Thanks to Erika Hiltbrunner for preventing carbon starvation during our 16 hour push to Furka and back to Innsbruck.

New Flux Towers

Flux towers #4 and 5 operational! On 25 May 2012, Albin and Georg set up two urban flux towers in Bolzano/Bozen. These will measure latent and sensible heat fluxes within the frame of the Cooling town project. in particular we are interested in quantifying the degree to which plant-covered surfaces in urban areas are able to affect the partitioning between sensible and latent heat fluxes. Now all our turbulence equipment is somewhere out in the field – thanks to Mathias Rotach for lending us two krypton hygrometers!