Samford Peri-Urban SuperSite

TERN’s Samford Peri-Urban SuperSite is located in the peri-urban area fringing metropolitan Brisbane in the Samford Valley, around 20kms north west of Brisbane, Queensland.  The site, which is part of the Queensland University of Technology’s Samford Ecological Research Facility (SERF), comprises a mosaic of natural resources; native flora and fauna; significant landscapes; as well as supporting urban, agricultural and recreational land uses.

Site Infrastructure & Characteristics

SuperSite Research Infrastructure
  • One eddy-covariance flux tower
  • Automated greenhouse gas monitoring chambers
  • Weather station
  • Acoustic sensors
  • Water quality sensors
  • Gauging station to measure discharge
  • Soil water content and electrical conductivity depth sensors
SuperSite Details
  • Vegetation type: Open Eucalypt and notophyll vine forest

Site Research

Research using the Samford Peri-Urban SuperSite aims to ascertain if key ecosystem services are being maintained in an urbanising environment.  Research at the site is documenting elemental and nutrient fluxes in the peri-urban catchment of Samford Creek and upper reaches of the South Pine River, which make up the Samford Valley. High resolution, long-term data are being used to understand the effects of urbanisation and land use change on water quality and biodiversity.  Quantifying the nutrient delivery from different land uses to waterways improves understanding of the biological and chemical changes occurring both within and downstream of the catchment.

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.