Alice Mulga SuperSite​

TERN’s Alice Mulga SuperSite is approximately 200 km north of Alice Springs on Pine Hill Cattle Station in the Northern Territory. It lies in the expansive arid and semi-arid portion of mainland Australia that receives less than 500 mm of annual rainfall. The traditional owners of these lands are the Anmatyerre Nation.

Site Infrastructure & Characteristics

SuperSite Research Infrastructure
  • Two eddy-covariance flux towers
  • Sapflux sensors
  • Groundwater bores with nested piezometers
  • Acoustic monitor
  • Phenocam
  • Six 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: Mulga and non-Acacia woodland, hummock grassland and River Red Gum forest
  • Elevation: ~560 m
  • Rainfall: ~280 mm/yr
  • Mean Temperature: ~30°C
  • Soils: eutrophic red kandosol

Site Research

Research using the Alice Mulga SuperSite aims to:

Site Partners

Research Publications

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