The Eddy Covariance Technique for Carbon Balance and Water Exchange Assessment in Energy Crops

N. Di Virgilio, O. Facini, T. Georgiadis, M. Nardino, A. Monti & F. Rossi
The capability of an energy crop agro-system to act as sink or as a source of carbon is important in the frame of a sustainable production of energy. Many factors affect the sink-source capability of an ecosystems, that depends on assimilation and respiration. Eddy covariance is a direct method to measuring CO2 and H2O fluxes above a vegetative surface. This technique ascertains the exchange rate of CO2 across the interface between the atmosphere and a...