Articles | Volume 17, issue 13
Biogeosciences, 17, 3659–3667, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-3659-2020
Biogeosciences, 17, 3659–3667, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-3659-2020

Technical note 14 Jul 2020

Technical note | 14 Jul 2020

Technical note: Facilitating the use of low-cost methane (CH4) sensors in flux chambers – calibration, data processing, and an open-source make-it-yourself logger

David Bastviken et al.

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This study presents a low-cost way to measure methane emissions applicable in nature and society. This facilitates widespread and affordable methane measurements, which are greatly needed for verifying that greenhouse gas mitigation is effective and for improved quantification of fluxes and how they are regulated. The paper also describes an open-source do-it-yourself methane–carbon dioxide–humidity–temperature logger, to increase the distributed capacity to measure greenhouse gases.
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