Measurements of eddy correlation oxygen fluxes in shallow freshwaters: Towards routine applications and analysis

  • McGinnis D
  • Berg P
  • Brand A
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Benthic fluxes of dissolved oxygen are measured in a shallow reservoir using the eddy correlation technique. Flux variations depict the diurnal production-consumption cycle, with daytime oxygen release following the solar radiation trend. The average nighttime uptake of −40 ± 11 mmol m−2 d−1 is in excellent agreement with the rate of −35 ± 3 mmol m−2 d−1 derived from sediment oxygen microprofiles. Separating large-scale advective and turbulent fluctuations is a crucial and uncertain component of the flux computation and the largest source of error. To compensate for the 2.25 s oxygen sensor response time, the oxygen flux calculations are corrected by only ∼5% using a first-order spectral enhancement. This work demonstrates that only a slightly faster oxygen sensor would be needed to resolve the entire flux spectrum. The 18 hours of data are the first measurements obtained in a freshwater reservoir that capture the diurnal oxygen production-consumption cycle.

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  • Daniel F. McGinnis

  • Peter Berg

  • Andreas Brand

  • Claudia Lorrai

  • Theresa J. Edmonds

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