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 Aging of the hardware and out-of-date software could also become issues.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:

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Setting the Proper Height of the 6400-04 Thermocouple

Setting the Proper Height of the 6400-04 Thermocouple

The 6400-04 thermocouple position generally needs to be high enough to touch the leaf with the fine-wire thermocouple, as seen in the figure below.

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If the thermocouple is not positioned high enough, the thermocouple will measure air temperature in the chamber rather than leaf temperature. If the thermocouple is too high, the leaf can put pressure on the flexible supporting hoop.  This pressure may tear or puncture delicate leaves or…

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How to Replace the Battery Connector on Your LI-6400/XT Console

How to Replace the Battery Connector on Your LI-6400/XT Console

This Tech Tip describes the procedure to replace the battery connector on the LI-6400/XT console.

Order kit part #318-02030, which includes the three parts shown below:fig1

Please note that we can help solder red and black wires to the pins and install the pins onto the black connector (as shown below), before we send them to you. This may save you some frustration – just give us a call and let us…

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LI-6800 Leaf Temperature Thermocouple Height

LI-6800 Leaf Temperature Thermocouple Height

Leaf temperature is an important input to many parameters calculated on the LI-6800, including stomatal conductance (gsw) and leaf intercellular CO2 concentration (Ci). The LI-6800 leaf temperature probe is a Type E thermocouple mounted on flexible material (Figure 1). The thermocouple junction is a ~0.008” diameter bead. The bead is too small to be seen without magnification (Figure 2).

Accurate measurement of leaf temperature requires that the thermocouple bead be high enough to ensure it is making contact with the…

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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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