Development of robust easy to use eddy covariance technology to observe carbon sink
Main goal during the flagship program 2021-2024 is to develop an operative eddy covariance station, which is inexpensive, low-powered, easy-to-use and virtually maintenance free. In this project Vaisala and the University of Helsinki aim to leverage the best academic and industrial competences, and couple them with real life users from industrial producers to researchers into operationalizing an operative eddy covariance (EC) station (flux tower). The station is aimed to be inexpensive, low-powered, easy-to-use and virtually maintenance free. With an operative EC station, which is the compromise between accuracy, reliability and price, Vaisala and University of Helsinki hope to revolutionize the carbon flux measurement market.
The objectives are:
- to quantify the theoretical and methodological options in EC measurements to facilitate critical requirements for sensors still to provide sound estimates for CO2 sinks/sources,
- to develop a new product concept and prototype,
- perform field tests and inter-comparisons between the prototype and an ordinary EC set-up at a flux tower,
- to provide a prototype of an easy-to-use package for EC-based carbon balance estimates with all necessary protocols and instructions for measurements and data processing.