Articles | Volume 13, issue 4
Biogeosciences, 13, 1197–1207, 2016
Biogeosciences, 13, 1197–1207, 2016

Technical note 26 Feb 2016

Technical note | 26 Feb 2016

Technical Note: Semi-rigid chambers for methane gas flux measurements on tree stems

Andy Siegenthaler et al.

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There is increasing interest in measuring methane emissions from tree stems in a wide range of ecosystems. This is commonly done with bulky closed chambers, which limit measurement to a very narrow range of tree stem sizes and shapes. We designed, described and tested new semi-rigid stem-flux chambers with decisive advantages (reduced permeability, fast deployment, adapted headspace volume, easy to carry in multiple sizes, extremely light and economical) ideal for use in remote ecosystems.
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