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    Author(s): Andrew D. Richardson; David Y. Hollinger; George G. Burba; Kenneth J. Davis; Lawrence B. Flanagan; Gabriel G. Katul; J. William Munger; Daniel M. Ricciuto; Paul C. Stoy; Andrew E. Suyker; Shashi B. Verma; Steven C. Wofsy; Steven C. Wofsy
    Date: 2006
    Source: Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 136: 1-18.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    Measured surface-atmosphere fluxes of energy (sensible heat, H, and latent heat, LE) and CO2 (FCO2) represent the ``true?? flux plus or minus potential random and systematic measurement errors. Here, we use data from seven sites in the AmeriFlux network, including five forested sites (two of which include ``tall tower?? instrumentation), one grassland site, and one agricultural site, to conduct a cross-site analysis of random flux error. Quantification of this uncertainty is a prerequisite to model-data synthesis (data assimilation) and for defining confidence intervals on annual sums of net ecosystem exchange or making statistically valid comparisons between measurements and model predictions.

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    Richardson, Andrew D.; Hollinger, David Y.; Burba, George G.; Davis, Kenneth J.; Flanagan, Lawrence B.; Katul, Gabriel G.; Munger, J. William; Ricciuto, Daniel M.; Stoy, Paul C.; Suyker, Andrew E.; Verma, Shashi B.; Wofsy, Steven C. 2006. A multi-site analysis of random error in tower-based measurements of carbon and energy fluxes. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 136: 1-18.


    AmeriFlux, carbon, data assimilation, eddy covariance, flux, measurement error, random error, uncertainty

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