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Title (Primary) Improved membrane-based sensor network for reliable gas monitoring in the subsurface
Author Lazik, D.; Ebert, S.
Journal Sensors
Year 2012
Department BOPHY
Volume 12
Issue 12
Page From 17058
Page To 17073
Language englisch
Keywords gas; monitoring; soil; greenhouse gases; CO2; membrane; sensor
Abstract A conceptually improved sensor network to monitor the partial pressure of CO2 in different soil horizons was designed. Consisting of five membrane-based linear sensors (line-sensors) each with 10 m length, the set-up enables us to integrate over the locally fluctuating CO2 concentrations (typically lower 5%vol) up to the meter-scale gaining valuable concentration means with a repetition time of about 1 min. Preparatory tests in the laboratory resulted in a unexpected highly increased accuracy of better than 0.03%vol with respect to the previously published 0.08%vol. Thereby, the statistical uncertainties (standard deviations) of the line-sensors and the reference sensor (nondispersive infrared CO2-sensor) were close to each other. Whereas the uncertainty of the reference increases with the measurement value, the line-sensors show an inverse uncertainty trend resulting in a comparatively enhanced accuracy for concentrations >1%vol. Furthermore, a method for in situ maintenance was developed, enabling a proof of sensor quality and its effective calibration without demounting the line-sensors from the soil which would disturb the established structures and ongoing processes.

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Lazik, D., Ebert, S. (2012):
Improved membrane-based sensor network for reliable gas monitoring in the subsurface
Sensors 12 (12), 17058 - 17073