EGU23-12916, updated on 27 Nov 2023
EGU General Assembly 2023
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A Bayesian approach to gapfilling fluxes from heterogenous Dutch peatlands measured by eddy covariance

Alexander Buzacott1, Merit van den Berg1, Bart Kruijt2, Laurent Bataille2, and Ype van der Velde1
Alexander Buzacott et al.
  • 1Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands (
  • 2Wageningen University and Research, Wageningen, Netherlands

Peatlands are commonly a mosaic of vegetation types, ditches, and open water. Eddy covariance provides a useful way to measure fluxes at the ecosystem scale, however comparing fluxes and annual balances from different source areas in heterogenous field sites can be challenging. Separating fluxes based on wind direction is a commonly used approach to study different source areas, but this method may exclude a substantial amounts of data points that contain some information about flux behaviour, such as when the flux source area covers multiple land cover classes, and as a result the gapfilled timeseries contains greater uncertainty. In this presentation, we present a Bayesian approach that utilises the flux footprint to gapfill CO2 and CHfluxes. A flux footprint model was used to predict the flux source area and the relative contribution for each land cover class is calculated for each timestep. The net ecosystem exchange (NEE) of a scalar is then assumed to be the linear combination of the different land cover classes weighted by the contribution within the flux footprint. A Bayesian framework was used to estimate model parameters for gapfilling each land cover class for the NEE of CO2 and CH4, where the non-linear model approaches were used in both cases. For CO2, the framework estimated the parameters for the gross primary production (GPP) light response curve and Reco via the Lloyd-Taylor respiration function, where the NEEof CO2 was then calculated as the sum of GPP and Reco. For CH4, a non-linear temperature dependence model was used.  We show results from multiple eddy covariance towers on peatlands in the Netherlands, including a mixed paludiculture pasture site, natural vegetation sites, and a pasture site with subsurface drainage. We demonstrate that this approach is useful for constraining flux behaviour and obtaining annual balances for each land cover class within the flux footprint.

How to cite: Buzacott, A., van den Berg, M., Kruijt, B., Bataille, L., and van der Velde, Y.: A Bayesian approach to gapfilling fluxes from heterogenous Dutch peatlands measured by eddy covariance, EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria, 23–28 Apr 2023, EGU23-12916,, 2023.