Cumberland Plain SuperSite
TERN’s Cumberland Plain SuperSite is located in remnant Eucalyptus species woodland in the Cumberland Plain, at the University of Western Sydney’s Hawkesbury campus in Richmond, New South Wales. Associated research infrastructure extends into the Blue Mountains ecoregion.
Site Infrastructure & Characteristics
SuperSite Research Infrastructure
- One eddy-covariance flux tower (in-situ)
- One mobile flux observatory (on trailer)
- Full meteorological station
- Free Air CO2 Enrichment (FACE) experiment
- Fuel moisture sensors
- Coupled sapflow sensors and dendrometers
- Soil water content and neutron probe sensors
- Camera traps
- 48 Nutrient Network Plots
- DroughtNet shelters
- Vegetation type: Remnant Eucalyptus species woodland
- Elevation: ~25 m
- Rainfall: ~800 mm/yr
- Mean Temperature: ~19°C
- Soils: Sandy and clayey alluvium
The key research questions addressed by users of the Cumberland Plain SuperSite relate to processes controlling biogeochemical fluxes and the impacts of extreme climate events and climate change thereon, biodiversity, conservation management and restoration of remnant Eucalypt woodland and pastures of Western Sydney.
Since its inception, TERN’s infrastructure has enabled the publication of more than 1600 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles or books.