Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 267–280, 2015
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 267–280, 2015

Research article 13 Jan 2015

Research article | 13 Jan 2015

Development and validation of inexpensive, automated, dynamic flux chambers

B. B. Almand-Hunter1, J. T. Walker2, N. P. Masson1, L. Hafford1, and M. P. Hannigan1 B. B. Almand-Hunter et al.
  • 1Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Colorado, 427 UCB, Boulder, CO, 80303, USA
  • 2Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division, National Risk Management Research Laboratory, US Environmental Protection Agency, E305-2, MD-63, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, USA

Abstract. We developed and validated an automated, inexpensive, and continuous multiple-species gas-flux monitoring system that can provide data for a variety of relevant atmospheric pollutants, including O3, CO2, and NOx. Validation consisted of conducting concurrent gas-phase dry-deposition experiments, using both dynamic flux chambers and an eddy-covariance system, in a grassy clearing in the Duke Forest (Chapel Hill, NC). Experiments were carried out in June and September under a variety of meteorological conditions. Ozone-deposition measurements from the two methods matched very well (4–10% difference in mean flux rate) when the leaf-area index (LAI) inside the chambers was representative of the average LAI in the field. The dynamic flux chambers can be considered an accurate measurement system under these conditions.