Litchfield Savanna SuperSite

TERN’s Litchfield Savanna SuperSite is within Litchfield National Park, about 80 km south of Darwin, Northern Territory, in a high rainfall, frequently burnt, tropical savanna—the dominant ecosystem type across northern Australia. Litchfield National Park encompasses the traditional boundaries of 4 Aboriginal language groups: Werat, Koongurrukun, Waray and Mak Mak Marranunggu.

Site Infrastructure & Characteristics

SuperSite Research Infrastructure
  • One eddy-covariance flux tower
  • Soil water content and temperature sensors
  • Phenocams
  • Two x 1 ha Surveillance monitoring plots
  • Airborne LiDAR and hyperspectral imagery calibrated using SLATS star transects, leaf sampling, tree structure and LAI measurements
SuperSite Details
  • Vegetation type: Tropical savanna
  • Elevation: 220 m
  • Mean Temperature: 26.6°C
  • Soils: Kandosols

Site Research

Research using the Litchfield Savanna SuperSite aims to answer these key questions:

Featured Dataset

This dataset consists of measurements of the exchange of energy and mass between the surface and the atmospheric boundary-layer in open-forest savanna using eddy covariance techniques.

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Research Publications

Since its inception, TERN’s infrastructure has enabled the publication of more than 1600 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles or books.