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Assessing the uncertainty of estimated annual totals of net ecosystem productivity: A practical approach applied to a mid-latitude temperate pine forest

Alterra, Wageningen UR, Earth System Science and Climate Change Group, PO Box 47, 6700 AA, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (Impact Factor: 3.42). 07/2011; 151:1823-1830. DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2011.07.020

ABSTRACT Values for annual NEP of micrometeorological tower sites are usually published without an estimate of associated uncertainties. Few authors quantify total uncertainty of annual NEP. Moreover, different methods to assess total uncertainty are applied, usually addressing only one aspect of the uncertainty. This paper presents a robust and easy to apply method to quantify uncertainty of annual totals of Net Ecosystem Productivity (NEP), related to multiple factors involved therein. The method was applied to NEP observations for a Scots pine forest (Loobos) in the Netherlands. Total uncertainty of annual NEP for the Loobos site was on average ±32 g C m−2 a−1 (±8% of NEP), which is a quarter of the standard deviation of annual NEP (127 g C m−2 a−1).

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