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LBA-ECO TG-07 Soil Trace Gas Fluxes km 67 Seca-Floresta Site, Tapajos National Forest
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Revision date: August 15, 2011

Summary:

Trace gas fluxes of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and nitric oxide (CO2, CH4, N2O, and NO) from surface soil were measured manually in an undisturbed forest at the Tapajos National Forest Seca-Floresta Site, which is within the footprint of the km 67 eddy flux tower. Measurements were made in January 2000 through April 2004, approximately twice per month. On each sampling date, up to four sets of 30-m lines were established off the existing transects at the Seca-Floresta site. Along each line eight chambers were installed for gas collection. In addition soil samples were collected for analysis of soil moisture as water-filled pore space (WFPS). There is one comma-delimited ASCII file with this data set.

Data Citation:

Cite this data set as follows:

Varner, R.K. and M. Keller. 2011. LBA-ECO TG-07 Soil Trace Gas Fluxes km 67 Seca-Floresta Site, Tapajos National Forest. Data set. Available on-line [http://daac.ornl.gov] from Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.A. http://dx.doi.org/10.3334/ORNLDAAC/1026

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Table of Contents:

1. Data Set Overview:

Project: LBA (Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in the Amazon)

Activity: LBA-ECO

LBA Science Component: Trace Gas and Aerosol Fluxes

Team ID: TG-07 (Keller / de Mello)

The investigators were Keller, Michael M.; Crill, Patrick Michael; Oliveira Jr., Raimundo Cosme de; Silva, Hudson S.; Dias, Jadson Dezincourt; and Varner, Ruth K. You may contact Varner, Ruth K. (ruth.varner@unh.edu)

LBA Data Set Inventory ID: TG07_Manual_Flux_Km67

Trace gas fluxes of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and nitric oxide (CO2, CH4, N2O, and NO) from surface soil were measured manually in an undisturbed forest at the Tapajos National Forest Seca-Floresta Site, which is within the footprint of the km 67 eddy flux tower. Measurements were made in January 2000 through April 2004, approximately twice per month. On each sampling date, up to four sets of 30-m lines were established off the existing transects at the Seca-Floresta site. Along each line eight chambers were installed for gas collection. In addition soil samples were collected for analysis of soil moisture as water-filled pore space (WFPS).

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2. Data Characteristics:

Data are provided in one comma-delimited ASCII file: Trace_gas_fluxes_Km_67_Flona_Tapajos_Para.csv

Column Number Column Heading Units/format Description
1 Date yyyy/mm/dd Sampling date in local time (yyyy/mm/dd)
2 Time hh:mm Sampling time for gas fluxes in local time (GMT-4)
3 Site   Sampling lines along which collars were placed were labeled Km_67_ A through D
4 Chamber   Chamber number
5 T_air_CH4_N2O degrees Celsius Air temperature in degrees C for CH4 and N2O flux measurements
6 T_soil_CH4_N2O degrees Celsius Soil temperature at 2 cm depth in degrees C for CH4 and N2O flux measurements
7 CH4_flux mg CH4 m-2 d-1 CH4 flux in milligrams CH4 per meter squared of soil surface per day
8 N2O_flux ng-N cm-2 hr-1 N2O flux in nanograms N per centimeter squared of soil surface per hour
9 T_air_NO_CO2 degrees Celsius Air temperature in degrees C for NO and CO2 flux measurements
10 T_soil_NO_CO2 degrees Celsius Soil temperature at 2 cm in degrees C for NO and CO2 flux measurements
11 NO_flux ng-N cm-2 hr-1 NO flux in nanograms N per centimeter squared of soil surface per hour
12 CO2_flux umol m-2 s-1 CO2 flux in micromoles per meter squared of soil surface per second
13 WFPS percent Mean water filled pore space (mean from the soil samples from each chamber)
14 Std_err_WFPS   Standard error of the mean water filled pore space
Note: missing data are represented by -9999
Note: missing site = Not provided

Example data records:

Date,Time,Site,Chamber,T_air_CH4_N2O,T_soil_CH4_N2O,CH4_flux,N2O_flux,T_air_NO_CO2,T_soil_NO_CO2,
NO_flux,CO2_flux,WFPS,Std_err_WFPS

2000/01/12,13:00,Km_67_B,11,23.5,24.4,-1.96,8.33,-9999,-9999,
-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999
2001/01/25,-9999,Not provided,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,
-9999,-9999,50.05,0.89
2001/02/15,-9999,Not provided,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,
-9999,-9999,50.31,0.51
2001/05/08,-9999,Not provided,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,
-9999,-9999,35.87,0.83
2001/06/06,-9999,Not provided,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,
-9999,-9999,47.36,1.18
2001/06/06,11:44,Km_67_A,1,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,25.4,24.2,
9.78,4.14,-9999,-9999
2001/06/06,11:37,Km_67_A,2,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,25.1,24,
1.44,2.4,-9999,-9999
2001/06/06,11:31,Km_67_A,3,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,25.4,24.1,
3.46,1.93,-9999,-9999
2001/06/06,11:25,Km_67_A,4,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,25.8,24,
0.3,3.08,-9999,-9999
...
2001/06/06,13:01,Km_67_B,1,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,25.5,24.2,0.28,
4.81,3.57,-9999,-9999
2001/06/06,12:56,Km_67_B,2,,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,25.5,24.1,
7.36,3.05,-9999,-9999
2001/06/06,12:50,Km_67_B,3,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,24.8,24.1,
1.05,3.65,-9999,-9999
2001/06/06,12:44,Km_67_B,4,-9999,-9999,-9999,-9999,25.3,24.2,
2.49,3.73,-9999,-9999
...

Site boundaries: (All latitude and longitude given in decimal degrees)

Site (Region) Westernmost Longitude Easternmost Longitude Northernmost Latitude Southernmost Latitude Geodetic Datum
Para Western (Santarem) -  km 67 Seca-Floresta Site (Para Western (Santarem)) -55.00000 -55.00000 -2.75000 -2.75000 World Geodetic System, 1984 (WGS-84)

Time period:

Platform/Sensor/Parameters measured include:

3. Data Application and Derivation:

Trace gas fluxes from undisturbed tropical forests are important components of the global carbon and nitrogen budgets. These time series of soil-atmosphere gas exchange of NO, N2O, CH4 and CO2 reveal important seasonal and inter-annual variations in flux and provide insight to the environmental and biological controls in this ecosystem.

4. Quality Assessment:

The quality of trace gas flux measurements have been discussed by Keller and Reiners (1994). We did not directly measure any pressure differentials that could exist in our chamber system, although according to the source of our dynamic chamber design, Rayment and Jarvis (1997) indicated that the pressure differential between the chamber and the outside air was less than 0.004 Pa in laboratory tests.

For NO measurements, frequent standardization in the field was necessary. The LMA-3 is relatively unstable under the changing temperature, humidity, and background contaminant levels found in the field (Keller et al., 2005). Varner et al. (2003) found that intra-day variation in standard NO gas concentrations could be as great as 60% even after accounting for linear drift between the beginning and the end of a measurement day. We also compared the concentration of the field NO standard periodically with laboratory standards to assure that they did not drift (Veldkamp and Keller, 1997).

5. Data Acquisition Materials and Methods:

Field sampling of soil gas flux

The Seca Floresta site is located in the Flona Tapajos approximately 8 km from the km 67 eddy flux tower site. On each sampling date up to four 30 meter sampling lines were established off existing transects at the site. Along each line eight chambers were installed at randomly selected points and fluxes for all four gases were measured. After gas flux sampling was completed, soil samples were collected for determination of soil moisture content.

We sampled gas fluxes using enclosures consisting of a section of polyvinylchloride pipe (0.25 m diameter) that served as a base and an acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene cap that fit snugly on the base. The combination of base plus cap was nearly cylindrical with a height of about 20 cm when inserted into the soil. Bases were inserted at most 30 min prior to flux measurements and they were removed immediately after completion of flux measurements in order to avoid artifacts related to root mortality from chamber insertion (Keller et al., 2000; Varner et al., 2003). Dynamic open chambers were used for measurement of NO and CO2 (Varner et al., 2003), and static vented chambers were used for measurements of N2O and CH4 (Keller and Reiners, 1994). The measurement of these two pairs of gases was sequential, in a haphazard order, after lifting the chamber top to equilibrate the head space with ambient air.

Field analytical system for NO and CO2

We used an integrated flow system to measure NO and CO2. The chamber flow rate was regulated to about 300 cm3 min-1. Air entered the chamber through a chimney-like air gap that was specifically designed to minimize exchange with the outside air and to avoid pressure fluctuations within the chamber (Rayment and Jarvis, 1997). Using this design, the pressure differential between the chamber and the outside air was less than 0.004 Pa in laboratory tests. The chamber base was capped for 3 to 10 min. Air flowed from the soil enclosure through a Teflon-lined polyethylene sample line 30 m in length and then it entered an infrared gas analyzer (Li-Cor 6262) for CO2 measurement. From the Li-6262, the sampled air then passed through a flow control manifold where it was mixed with a makeup airflow of about 1,200 cm3 min-1 and a flow of NO (1 ppm) in oxygen-free nitrogen standard gas that varied from 3 to 10 cm3 min-1 as measured on an electronic mass flowmeter (Sierra Top-Trak). The flowmeter was checked occasionally against a NIST-traceable electronic bubble flowmeter (Gilibrator). The makeup air and standard additions maintained optimum and linear performance of the NO2 chemiluminescent analyzer (Scintrex LMA-3) according to the manufacturer's recommendations. The mixed sample stream passed through a Cr2O3 catalyst for conversion of NO to NO2 (Levaggi et al., 1974). The NO2 chemiluminescent analyzer was standardized by a two-point calibration approximately hourly. Frequent standardization in the field was necessary because the LMA-3 was relatively unstable under the changing temperature, humidity, and background contaminant levels found in the field. Varner et al. (2003) found that intraday variation in standards could be as great as 60 percent even after accounting for linear drift between the beginning and the end of a measurement day. We also compared the concentration of the field NO standard periodically with laboratory standards to assure that they did not drift (Veldkamp and Keller, 1997). Signals from the CO2 and NO2 analyzers and the mass flowmeter for the NO standard gas were recorded on a datalogger (Campbell CR10). Fluxes were calculated from the linear increase of concentration versus time adjusted for the ratio of chamber volume to area and the air density within the chamber.

Analysis of CH4 and N2O

We made static enclosure measurements for CH4 and N2O fluxes using the same bases and vented caps (Keller and Reiners, 1994). Four enclosure headspace samples were taken over a 30-min sampling period with 20 ml nylon syringes. Analysis of grab samples for CH4 and N2O were completed within 36 h by FID and ECD gas chromatography. Gas concentrations were calculated by comparing peak areas for samples to those for commercially prepared standards (Scott-Marin) that had been calibrated against the LBA-ECO (a component of the Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia) standards prepared by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Climate Monitoring and Diagnostic Laboratory (NOAA/CMDL). Fluxes were calculated similarly to those for CO2 and NO.

Determination of soil water-filled pore space (WFPS)

Soil samples were taken to 10 cm depth in each chamber location on each date for determination of soil moisture (oven dried at 105 degrees C). Soil moisture was expressed as WFPS (the mean from the chambers) using soil bulk densities of 1.25 and 1.02 for Ultisol and Oxisol soils, respectively, at the undisturbed forest sites (Silver et al., 2000).  We recorded air and soil (2 cm depth) temperature using thermistor probes to accompany each soil enclosure measurement.

6. Data Access:

This data is available through the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC).

Data Archive Center:

Contact for Data Center Access Information:

E-mail: uso@daac.ornl.gov
Telephone: +1 (865) 241-3952

7. References:

Keller, M., and W. A. Reiners (1994), Soil-atmosphere exchange of nitrous oxide, nitric oxide, and methane under secondary succession of pasture to forest in the Atlantic lowlands of Costa Rica. Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 8, 399-410.

Keller, M., A. M. Weitz, B. Bryan, M. M. Rivera, and W. L. Silver (2000), Soil-atmosphere nitrogen oxide fluxes: Effects of root disturbance. J. Geophys. Res., 105, 17 693-698.

Keller, M., R. K. Varner, J. D. Dias, H. Silva, P. Crill, R. C. de Oliveira, Jr. and G. P. Asner (2005), Soil-Atmosphere Exchange of Nitrous Oxide, Nitric Oxide, Methane, and Carbon Dioxide in Logged and Undisturbed Forest in the Tapajos National Forest, Brazil. Earth Interactions 9(23):1-28.

Levaggi, D., E. L. Kothny, T. Belsky, E. de Vera, and P. K. Mueller (1974), Quantitative analysis of nitric oxide in the presence of nitrogen dioxide at atmospheric concentrations. Environ. Sci. Technol., 8, 348-350.

Rayment, M. B., and P. G. Jarvis (1997), An improved open chamber system for measuring soil CO2 effluxes in the field. J. Geophys. Res., 102, 28 779-784.

Silver, W. L., J. Neff, M. McGroddy, E. Veldkamp, M. Keller, and R. Cosme, (2000), Effects of soil texture on belowground carbon and nutrient storage in a lowland Amazonian forest ecosystem. Ecosystems, 3, 193-209.

Varner, R. K., M. Keller, J. R. Robertson, J. D. Dias, H. Silva, P. M. Crill, M. McGroddy, and W. L. Silver (2003), Experimentally induced root mortality increased nitrous oxide emissions from tropical forest soils. Geophys. Res. Lett., 30, 1144, doi:10.1029/2002GL016164.

Xu, L., M. D. Furtaw, R. A. Madsen, R. L. Garcia, D. L. Anderson and D. K. McDermitt (2006), On maintaining pressure equilibrium between a soil CO2 flux chamber and the ambient air, J. Geophy. Res., 111, D08S10; doi:10.1029/2005JD006435.