Nitrous Oxide Chamber Methodology Guidelines

The Nitrous Oxide Chamber Methodology Guidelines was identified as a priority project by the Livestock Research Group of the Global Research Alliance at its meeting in Amsterdam in 2011.

The New Zealand government requested proposals in December 2011 for the compilation of comprehensive guidelines for non-steady-state N2O chambers, to detail the current state of knowledge of N2O chamber methodologies and provide guidelines and recommendations for their use. In developing the guidelines, each chapter covers one of the key aspects – including design, deployment, air sample collection, storage and sample analysis, data analysis and data reporting –with additional chapters on automated systems and Health and Safety. The project was co-ordinated by AgResearch, a Crown Research Institute in New Zealand, who invited scientists from around the world to participate.

The guidelines aim to provide practitioners with information on best practice and factors that need to be considered in design and operation of N2O flux measurement programmes. Areas where there is no current consensus are described as ‘evolving issues’

Any questions about the manual should be sent to Cecile DeKlein: 

Download the complete Nitrous Oxide Chamber Methodology Guidelines or as individual chapters below.

Executive Summary   
   Editors – C.A.M. de Klein, M.J. Harvey

Chapter 1: Introduction  
   Authors – C.A.M. de Klein, M.J. Harvey

Chapter 2: Chamber Design 
  Authors – T.J. Clough, P. Rochette, S.M. Thomas, M. Pihlatie, J.R. Christiansen, R.E. Thorman

Chapter 3: Deployment Protocol 
  Authors – P. Rochette, D.R. Chadwick, C.A.M. de Klein, K. Cameron

Chapter 4: Air sample collection, storage and analysis 
  Authors - F.M. Kelliher, R.R. Sherlock, T.J. Clough, M. Premaratne, R.J. Laughlin, K.L, McGeough, M.J. Harvey, A.M.S. McMillan, A. Reid, S. Saggar

Chapter 5: Automated greenhouse gas measurement in the field 
  Authors – P. Grace, T.J. van der Weerden, K. Kelly, R.M. Rees, U.M. Skiba

Chapter 6: Data analysis considerations 
  Authors – R.T. Venterea, T.B. Parkin, L. Cardenas, S.O. Petersen, A.R. Pedersen

Chapter 7: How to report your experimental data 
  Authors – M.A. Alfaro, D. Giltrap, C.F.E. Topp, C.A.M. de Klein

Chapter 8: Health and Safety considerations 
  Author – D.R. Chadwick

Chapters 9-10: Glossary and Abbreviations, Appendicies