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Volume 13, issue 24
Biogeosciences, 13, 6599–6609, 2016
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Biogeosciences, 13, 6599–6609, 2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 15 Dec 2016

Research article | 15 Dec 2016

How many measurements are needed to estimate accurate daily and annual soil respiration fluxes? Analysis using data from a temperate rainforest

Jorge F. Perez-Quezada et al.

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We studied how many measurements are needed to correctly represent the soil respiration flux, mostly to help researchers who do not have automatic chambers to perform these measurements, so they can sample as seldom as possible. Our results show that for our site conditions, at least two measurements should be made in one day, one of which should be made at night-time. We also found that it is more important to make more field campaigns than measuring more times in one day.
We studied how many measurements are needed to correctly represent the soil respiration flux,...