Welcome to the Aquatic Eddy Covariance Research Lab at the University of Virginia. Our work is centered on underwater flux measurements using the aquatic eddy covariance (or eddy correlation) technique. We focus on three main areas:
The aquatic eddy covariance technique was adapted from the atmospheric boundary layer to measure fluxes of oxygen in benthic environments in a joint effort with the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Germany. Our first proof of concept paper was published in 2003 (Berg et al. 2003).
Since then an increasing number of research groups have adopted the approach because of the unique advantages of the technique over traditional flux methods:
Recently, we have also applied the technique for ‘upside down’ measurements right below the air-water interface to give gas exchange rates and coefficients.
photos by Markus Huettel & Peter Berg
The technique has been used for many decades in the atmospheric boundary layer where it is by far the most common flux method today. We hope to see a similar development for the aquatic environment as more experience is gained with the technique.
This research is made possible by funding and support from the University of Virginia and the National Science Foundation.