Eddy-covariance systems are used to measure surface atmosphere exchange of greenhouse gases (GHGs) and water. In the eddy covariance systems, several instruments (a sonic anemometers to measure wind and infrared gas analyzers to measure both carbon dioxide and water vapor) are combined specifically for use in the field. They can be customised with additional sensors or communication peripherals. Eddy-covariance systems are used to measure surface-atmosphere exchange green house gases (GHGs) and water. The carbon and water fluxes they measure can be used to develop and verify models of net ecosystem carbon exchange and landscape scale water use. The eddy covariance system can be installed above forest and thicket canopies.
It is a robust system with less sophisticated sensor equipment, and is particularly suited to training students in the maintenance and analysis of landscape scale evapotranspiration.
The 12m towers will enable us to place the eddy covariance system above tall canopies (forest, thicket and plantations).