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Carbon and water flux in energy crops with eddy covariance

The change in soil carbon storage is an important component of the carbon benefits of biomass production systems for energy and bioproducts.

The change in soil carbon storage is relatively small compared to the annual carbon flux from photosynthesis and ecosystem respiration.  To improve our understanding of carbon fluxes in energy systems we installed eddy covariance systems to measure carbon and water fluxes in a 35 acre willow stand in Central Pennsylvania.

This set up was used in the Master thesis of Maria Laura Cangiano.