Seasonal net carbon dioxide exchange of a beech forest with the atmosphere
Article first published online: 27 APR 2006
Global Change Biology
Volume 2, Issue 3, pages 199–207, June 1996
How to Cite
VALENTINI, R., De ANGELIS, P., MATTEUCCI, G., MONACO, R., DORE, S. and MUCNOZZA, G. E. S. (1996), Seasonal net carbon dioxide exchange of a beech forest with the atmosphere. Global Change Biology, 2: 199–207. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.1996.tb00072.x
- Issue published online: 27 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 27 APR 2006
- Received 25 August 1995; revision accepted 18 January 1996
- carbon balance;
- fagus sylvatica L.;
- eddy covariance;
- primary production
The seasonal carbon dioxide exchange of a beech forest of Central Italy was studied by means of the eddy covariance technique. Additional measurements of biomass respiration with cuvettes and relationship of carbon dioxide exchanges with temperature and light were used to interpolate missing data during the dormant and part of the growing season.
The net ecosystem production of the forest equals 472 g C m−2 y−1 while the gross ecosystem production 1016 g C m−2 y−1 and respiration 544 g C m−2 y−1. These estimates are compared with the net primary production determined by direct biomass sampling which amounts to 802 g C m−2 y−1.