Whroo Dry Eucalypt SuperSite
TERN’s affiliate Whroo Dry Eucalypt SuperSite is 45 km south-west of Shepparton, Victoria. Vegetation on the site is classified as box woodland, dominated by two main Eucalypt species (Eucalyptus microcarpa (Grey Box) and Eucalyptus leucoxylon (Yellow Gum). Smaller numbers of Eucalyptus sideroxylon (Ironbark) and Acacia pycnantha(Golden Wattle) are also found on site. The site is on the lands of the Ngurai-illam-wurrung Aboriginal people.
Site Infrastructure & Characteristics
SuperSite Research Infrastructure
- One eddy-covariance flux tower
- Leaf litter traps
- Automated and manual dendrometers
- Airborne and on-ground LiDAR imagery calibrated using leaf sampling, tree structure and LAI measurements
- Vegetation type: box woodland
- Rainfall:~558 mm/yr
Research using the Whroo Dry Eucalypt SuperSite aims to answer the questions:
A robust observational and modelling platform for soil-plant-atmosphere carbon and water fluxes for a range of land-use practices, including carbon farming, in these landscapes is being developed. The Whroo site is also a part of the Land Ecosystem Atmosphere Program (LEAP).
This dataset consists of measurements of the exchange of energy and mass between the surface and the atmospheric boundary-layer in dry sclerophyll woodland using eddy covariance techniques.
Since its inception, TERN’s infrastructure has enabled the publication of more than 1600 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles or books.