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Beginning of CO2 flux measurements in Croatia with eddy covariance tower

Authors:

  • Hrvoje Marjanovic [1]
  • Giorgio Alberti [2]

[1] Department for Forest Management and Forestry Economics, Forest Research Institute, Cvjetno naselje 41, HR-10450 Jastrebarsko, hrvojem@sumins.hr

[2] Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, University of Udine, Via delle Scienze 208, 33100 Udine, Italy giorgio.alberti@uniud.it

 

sloveniaOne of the goals of the Carbon-Pro project is the improvement of tools for assessing the carbon balance of representative areas in CADSES countries. Lowland forests of Common oak are one of the most important forest ecosystems in Croatia. Through the implementation of Carbon-Pro project, researchers of Forest Research Institute Jastrebarsko (FRIJ) decided to establish a measuring station for CO2 fluxes in one, such forest located in Pokupski bazen forest complex not far from Zagreb.
Since such measuring station would be first of this kind in Croatia, researchers from FRIJ asked for support colleagues from University of Udine, Italian partner in the project. Their close collaboration resulted in setting up and start-up of the CO2 fluxes measuring station on the 20th September 2007.
Method applied for assessing fluxes of CO2 between forest and atmosphere is known as Eddy Covariance method. It uses state of the art instruments mounted on a tower 21 m above the ground to measure and store data on CO2 concentrations, 3D wind speed and many other meteorological variables, 24h/day all year round. These kinds of measurements are important because they can, combined with data from forest inventory, help in assessing changes in carbon balance of pools that are difficult to measure, especially soil and roots.