Cowan, N.J.; Levy, P.E.; Skiba, U.M.; Famulari, D.; Anderson, M.

Nitrous oxide fluxes from an intensively managed grazed grassland in Scotland

This data set contains terrestrial fluxes of N2O from an intensively managed grazed grassland in Scotland measured using eddy covariance and chamber methods . The effect of a tillage event and two nitrogen fertilizer applications were investigated by comparing N2O fluxes from two adjacent intensively managed grazed grasslands , one of which was tilled. An eddy covariance system mounted at 2.4 m was used to measure fluxes of N2O, H2O and CO2 using a quantum cascade laser (QCL) gas analyser. Flux measurements were made over a six month period starting at the end of March, 2012. Chamber measurements were also made using both static and dynamic chambers. The data was collected as part of the GHG Platform project AC0116 funded by DEFRA.

Publication date: 2017-01-16

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You must cite: Cowan, N.J.; Levy, P.E.; Skiba, U.M.; Famulari, D.; Anderson, M. (2017). Nitrous oxide fluxes from an intensively managed grazed grassland in Scotland. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.



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2012-03-25    to    2012-09-30


Eddy covariance raw data from the QCL and sonic anemometer was recorded in tandem using a Labview program. This data was then processed using the Eddypro software version 5.2.1. The data was filtered through a quality control system as described in Cowan et al., 2016.
Raw concentration data for the chamber methods was processed to calculate fluxes. These fluxes were calculated using the HMR package in the statistical environment R.
Met data from the Easter Bush site was collected in 2012 by various methods and quality control was carried out by comparison with nearby met stations.


Cowan, N.J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Levy, P.E.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Skiba, U.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Famulari, D.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Anderson, M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

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Nicholas Cowan
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Bush Estate
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WGS 84 longitude-latitude (CRS:84)


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Climatology / Meteorology / Atmosphere
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Biosphere-atmosphere interactions
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