The OL in Portugal has its own Eddy Covariance tower

The team of the University of Évora and Cámara Municipal de Alpiarça has set up the Eddy Covariance tower in the Paul da Gouxa Open Lab.

Paul da Gouxa site

The team of the University of Évora and the Cámara Municipal de Alpiarça, coordinator of the Open Lab 7 of the REWET project, has set up the tower for the Eddy Coviariance measurements of the Paul da Gouxa peatland. 

This unique peatland is located 103 km northeast of Lisbon (Portugal) in the local municipality of Alpiarça, 

With an area of about 140 ha, Paul da Gouxa is a wetland of inland waters, with a low peatland, swampy willow groves and reeds in great condition. 

REWET project will allow the study of the role of peatlands as carbon sinks and promote their conservation, restoration, and sustainable management at the same time. REWET will contribute to the development of strategies to minimize greenhouse gas emissions in the long term by promoting the capture/sequestration of carbon by peatlands at the European level.

The Eddy Covariance tower will serve to study the gas fluxes of the area. 


The team of the University of Évora with a portable measurements system
Members of the University of Évora team with a portable measurement system


A part of the studies is not only related to analyse if the peatland is acting as carbon source or carbon sink. The REWET researchers will take into account feasibility studies for different ecosystem services such as climate regulation (carbon sequestration/storage), food (rice production and cattle breeding), biodiversity, and cultural services like aesthetic values and tourism.




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