Interdisciplinary field experiments for global change research are large, intensive efforts that study the controls on fluxes of carbon, water, trace gases, and energy between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere at a range of spatial scales. Forest ecophysiology can make significant contributions to such efforts by measuring, interpreting, and modeling these fluxes for the individual… More

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There is much uncertainty about the net carbon (C) exchange of boreal forest ecosystems, although this exchange may be an important part of global C dynamics. To resolve this uncertainty, net C exchange has been measured at several sites in the boreal forest of Canada as part of the Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS). One of… More

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We measured stem respiration rates during and after the 1994 growing season of three common boreal tree species at sites near the northern and southern boundaries of the closed-canopy boreal forest in central Canada. The growth respiration coefficient (rg; carbon efflux per μmole of carbon incorporated in structural matter) varied between 0.25 and 0.76, and… More

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The energy balance components were measured throughout most of 1994 in and above a southern boreal aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) forest (53.629°N 106.200°W) with a hazelnut (Corylus cornuta Marsh.) understory as part of the Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study. The turbulent fluxes were measured at both levels using the eddy-covariance technique. After rejection of suspect data due… More

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Area-averaged fluxes are constructed from a combination of aircraft and tower data collected during BOREAS. The averaging area includes both conifer and deciduous forests, wetlands, burned areas and bodies of water. The area-averaged water vapour flux is closely related to the area-averaged solar radiation while the area-averaged carbon dioxide flux and water use efficiency (WUE)… More

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The seasonal water and energy exchange of a boreal aspen forest underlain by a hazelnut understory is described. Measurements of above-aspen latent and sensible heat, short-wave and net radiation, and photosynthetically active radiation are compared to those measured above the hazelnut understory. Understory radiation measurements were made using a tram system. Energy storage at each… More

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Boreal and temperate deciduous forests at northern mid-latitudes play an important role in the global carbon cycle. We analyze 3 years (1996-1998) of eddy-covariance carbon dioxide flux measurements from two contrasting deciduous forest ecosystems in the boreal and temperate regions of central Canada. The two forest stands have similar ages, heights, and leaf area indices… More

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Monitoring of forest evolution and functioning with remote sensing depends on canopy BRF (bidirectional reflectance factor) sensitivity to biophysical parameters and to canopy PAR (photosynthetically active radiation) regime. Here, we study the canopy BRF of a tropical (Sumatra) and three boreal (Canada) forest sites, with the DART (discrete anisotropic radiative transfer) model. The behavior of… More

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