New gap-filling and partitioning technique for H2O eddy fluxes measured over forests

Minseok Kang, Joon Kim, Bindu Malla Thakuri, Junghwa Chun, Chunho Cho
2018 Biogeosciences  
<p><strong>Abstract.</strong> The continuous measurement of H<sub>2</sub>O fluxes using the eddy covariance (EC) technique is still challenging for forests because of large amounts of wet canopy evaporation (<i>E</i><sub>WC</sub>), which occur during and following rain events when the EC systems rarely work correctly. We propose a new gap-filling and partitioning technique for the H<sub>2</sub>O fluxes: a model–statistics hybrid (MSH) method. It enables the recovery of the missing
more » ... C</sub> in the traditional gap-filling method and the partitioning of the evapotranspiration (ET) into transpiration and (wet canopy) evaporation. We tested and validated the new method using the data sets from two flux towers, which are located at forests in hilly and complex terrains. The MSH reasonably recovered the missing <i>E</i><sub>WC</sub> of 16–41<span class="thinspace"></span>mm<span class="thinspace"></span>yr<sup>−1</sup> and separated it from the ET (14–23<span class="thinspace"></span>% of the annual ET). Additionally, we illustrated certain advantages of the proposed technique which enable us to understand better how ET responds to environmental changes and how the water cycle is connected to the carbon cycle in a forest ecosystem.</p>
doi:10.5194/bg-15-631-2018 fatcat:a25ygs3acbdszcjkupjyixzjqe