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Zero and Span Gas Guidelines

Zero and Span Gas Guidelines

LI-COR technical support often receives questions about choosing a set of CO2 calibration gases for our analyzers.   While we realize that every customer’s measurement situation may be slightly different, we do have a few suggestions for selecting a set of calibration gases.

We recommend having a zero gas, or the equipment to perform a chemical zero at the very least.  A zero gas is best if the gas is really CO2-free.   It’s not necessary to purchase pure nitrogen or argon…

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How to Routinely Check an Eddy Covariance System to Ensure Normal Operation

How to Routinely Check an Eddy Covariance System to Ensure Normal Operation

Most eddy covariance (EC) systems are deployed in remote areas and exposed to harsh environmental conditions. During years-to-decades of continuous operation, potential issues related to contamination, power, animal damage, lightning, and other natural events such as fog and precipitation can arise. Aging of the hardware and out-of-date software could also become issues. In order to minimize data loss, routinely checking your EC system should be part of your maintenance plan. Considering time consumption and effectiveness, here are our recommendations:

  1. Check…

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Updating Positional Tags for Biomet Data

Updating Positional Tags for Biomet Data

Version 8.0.0 of the LI-7500RS/LI-7500A/LI-7200RS/LI-7200 gas analyzer embedded software implemented a new identifier for Biomet data.  The identifier is a set of three digits that indicates the horizontal position (h), vertical position (v), and replicate number (r) at that position.  This naming protocol is based on the protocol for the AmeriFlux and ICOS networks (http://ameriflux.lbl.gov/data/aboutdata/data-variables/).  This information is stored by the LI-7550 in the biomet.metadata file for use with EddyPro® Software.  In the Sutron datalogger, there is a communications tag…

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Wiring an RM Young Sonic Anemometer to a LI-COR EC System

Wiring an RM Young Sonic Anemometer to a LI-COR EC System

The RM Young 81000 sonic anemometer is one of the many sonic anemometers that can be used with a LI-COR EC system. Since the RM Young provides a junction box, wiring it to the LI-7550 is straight forward. The Analog Input/output cable (Part Number 392-10109) provided with the LI-7550 spare parts kit can be used instead of the Auxiliary Sensor Interface Unit. You can wire the bare lead ends directly to the junction box of the RM Young 81000 and…

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Troubleshooting RS-232 Connectivity Issues for LI-COR Analyzers

Troubleshooting RS-232 Connectivity Issues for LI-COR Analyzers

Many LI-COR gas analyzers feature RS-232 communication ports, and sometimes these are the only communication channels available between the gas analyzer and a computer. Many new computers don’t have built-in serial ports, so USB-to-serial adapters are needed to facilitate this communication process. Communication problems between gas analyzer and windows interface software can happen due to issues with the USB to serial adapter or due to the lack of compatibility between the instrument firmware version and the windows interface software version. Terminal…

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