A new continuous planar fit method for calculating fluxes in complex, forested terrain.

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Ross, AN ; Grant, ER (2015)
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd

The planar fit method is often recommended for long-term eddy covariance flux measurements since it offers a number of advantages over rotating into streamwise coordinates. For sites over complex, forested terrain a single planar fit may not account for complex variations in slope and canopy cover with wind direction. An alternative to the planar fit method is presented where the tilt angle is fitted as a continuous function of the wind direction. This retains many of the benefits of the planar fit method, while at the same time better representing local variations in tilt with wind direction.
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