Articles | Volume 5, issue 12
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 5, 3119–3132, 2012

Special issue: CHemistry and AeRosols Mediterranean EXperiments (ChArMEx)...

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 5, 3119–3132, 2012

Research article 21 Dec 2012

Research article | 21 Dec 2012

A new disjunct eddy-covariance system for BVOC flux measurements – validation on CO2 and H2O fluxes

R. Baghi1, P. Durand1, C. Jambert1, C. Jarnot1, C. Delon1, D. Serça1, N. Striebig2, M. Ferlicoq3, and P. Keravec3 R. Baghi et al.
  • 1Laboratoire d'Aérologie, UMR5560, CNRS – Université de Toulouse and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Toulouse, France
  • 2Observatoire Midi-Pyrénées, Toulouse, France
  • 3Centres d'Etudes Spatiales de la BIOsphère (CESBIO), UMR5126, Toulouse, France

Abstract. The disjunct eddy covariance (DEC) method is an interesting alternative to the conventional eddy covariance (EC) method because it allows the estimation of turbulent fluxes of species for which fast sensors are not available. We have developed and validated a new disjunct sampling system (called MEDEE). This system is built with chemically inert materials. Air samples are taken quickly and alternately in two cylindrical reservoirs, the internal pressures of which are regulated by a moving piston. The MEDEE system was designed to be operated either on the ground or aboard an aircraft. It is also compatible with most analysers since it transfers the air samples at a regulated pressure. To validate the system, DEC and EC measurements of CO2 and latent heat fluxes were performed concurrently during a field campaign. EC fluxes were first compared to simulated DEC (SDEC) fluxes and then to actual DEC fluxes.

Both the simulated and actual DEC fluxes showed a good agreement with EC fluxes in terms of correlation. The determination coefficients (R2) were 0.93 and 0.91 for DEC and SDEC latent heat fluxes, respectively. For DEC and SDEC CO2 fluxes R2 was 0.69 in both cases. The conditions of low fluxes experienced during the campaign impaired the comparison of the different techniques especially for CO2 flux measurements. Linear regression analysis showed an 14% underestimation of DEC fluxes for both CO2 and latent heat compared to EC fluxes.

A first field campaign, focusing on biogenic volatile organic compound (BVOC) emissions, was carried out to measure isoprene fluxes above a downy oak (Quercus Pubescens) forest in the south-east of France. The measured standard emission rate was in the lower range of reported values in earlier studies. Further analysis will be conducted through ground-based and airborne campaigns in the coming years.