Errors and uncertainties associated with gap filling of water, carbon, and energy flux data have been a challenge for the global network of micrometeorological tower sites that use the eddy covariance (EC) technique. This research aims to determine whether more sophisticated machine learning (ML) methods can improve the gap-filling of flux and meteorological data. Results showed that simple models performed almost as well as ML models for filling meteorological gaps. However, for the more complex EC gas flux variables, ML models outperformed simple linear models, with random forest resulting in the smallest gap-filling uncertainty for CO2 flux. This work has improved on existing EC data gap-filling approaches by reducing uncertainty.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||25 Aug 2022|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2022|