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ICOS ecosystem protocols published in International Agrophysics

 

Thirteen protocols on greenhouse gas flux and ancillary measurements at terrestrial ecosystems have been published in a dedicated issue of the open-access journal International Agrophysics. These protocols describe the current agreed methodology for assessing the greenhouse gas exchange in the terrestrial ecosystem types that are most relevant for Europe.

The protocols are published in the format of scientific articles explaining the purpose and scientific background of the measurements and justifying the choice of the method. They include a general introduction on ICOS, in particular of its ecosystem domain.

The Ecosystem Thematic Centre (ETC) took the lead in writing four of the thirteen documents, lead authoring the protocols on soil-meteorological measurements (Dr. Maarten Op de Beeck), ancillary measurements (Dr. Bert Gielen), sampling and collecting foliage elements (Prof. Dr. Denis Loustau) and eddy covariance raw data processing (Dr. Simone Sabbatini).

For the practical implementation of the protocols, complementary step-by-step instruction documents were developed by the ETC, which can be found on the ETC website.

Many thanks to the ecosystem community for this huge achievement!

Find the protocols here.

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Posted: 2019-04-02
 
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