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Fertile Soil for Teaching

Fertile Soil for Teaching

It’s not every researcher that wears a hard hat and works around dynamite. But Dr. Holly Dolliver of the University of Wisconsin—River Falls embraces the unique parts of studying soil at a frac sand mining site. Wisconsin law requires that land used for mining must be reclaimed, so Dr. Dolliver is part of a five-year research program to see how soils react to being stripped, stockpiled, and respread. “Our emphasis is to understand holistically how the soil responds to disturbance,…

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Potsdam GHG Flux Workshop – From Natural to Urban Systems, 19-23 October 2015, Potsdam, Germany

Potsdam GHG Flux Workshop – From Natural to Urban Systems, 19-23 October 2015, Potsdam, Germany

GHG BannerThe one-week workshop united experts on greenhouse (GHG) gas flux measurements, data processing, and data uncertainty with flux processing applications in natural and urban environments.

The workshop included keynote lectures from some of the most outstanding scholars in the field, combined with demonstrations and hands-on sessions on soil flux, eddy covariance, and data processing. Topics ranged from equipment setup, data handling, flux processing, gap filling, partitioning, and footprint analysis, to applications in…

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Elizabethtown College Finds Novel Ways to Use Instruments for Classes and Research

Elizabethtown College Finds Novel Ways to Use Instruments for Classes and Research

Have you ever found yourself wishing that a fiction writer had a better grasp of scientific concepts? Dr. David Bowne at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania is doing his part to solve this problem—one student at a time—with a class called Ecology in Short Fiction. By providing literature students with experience with the LI-8100 Automated Soil CO2 Flux System, Dr. Bowne and his co-teacher Dr. Matt Skillen make ecological concepts meaningful to students in the context of fiction literature.

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LI-820, LI-840/A, LI-8100/A, and terrible, horrible, no good, very bad data

LI-820, LI-840/A, LI-8100/A, and terrible, horrible, no good, very bad data

There are four common causes for bad readings on LI-8xxx instruments:

  1. Incorrect zero and span calibration parameters.
  2. IR light source that is failing or has failed.
  3. Contamination (dirt, corrosion, liquids) in the optical path.
  4. Failed detector.

1)  Incorrect zero and span calibration parameters:

Check these values using the LI-COR interface software for each instrument by going to:

For LI-820 and LI-840, LI-840A: View – Calibration – Advanced

For the LI-8100, LI-8100A: Utilities…

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All About Timing! Determining Measurement Duration for Soil Flux Measurements

All About Timing! Determining Measurement Duration for Soil Flux Measurements

The LI-8100A SoilFluxPro™ software provides a tool to analyze the effect of observation length on measured flux values. The LI-8100A Automated Soil CO2 Flux System can be set up with varying measurement settings to account for the specific measurement conditions. A typical survey or long-term measurement consists of an observation length of 1.5 to 2.5 minutes, and a deadband of 20-30 seconds. However, these typical settings should be optimized for the specific measurement. This is especially true for measurements of…

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