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A note on estimating the mean level of photosynthesis from radiation measurements

Authors
Journal
Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
0168-1923
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
40
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0168-1923(87)90008-6
Disciplines
  • Mathematics

Abstract

Abstract A number of approximate formulae for the calculation of mean photosynthesis from light intensity measurements over a period of time are derived. If the parameter measuring the convexity of the photosynthesis-light intensity curve approaches unity, a particularly simple formula containing the mean light level is obtained. For low radiation intensities the mean as well as the variance of the light level is important. In general it is recommended that means calculated from a somewhat more complicated but exact algebraic formula be used — a straightforward procedure if a computer is available.

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