Warra Tall Eucalypt SuperSite

TERN’s Warra Tall Eucalypt SuperSite is located approximately 60 km west south-west of Hobart, Tasmania. It lies partly within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, which is managed for conservation, and partly within State forest, which is managed for multiple purposes including wood production. Tall, wet Eucalyptus obliqua forests predominate and are part of the cool, temperate wet forest biome. The site also includes some areas of moorland, temperate rainforest, riparian and montane conifer forest and scrubs.

Site Infrastructure & Characteristics

SuperSite Research Infrastructure
  • One eddy-covariance flux tower
  • Two weather stations
  • Phenocams
  • Soil water content, soil water potential, soil temperature sensors
  • Water quality sensors
  • Acoustic sensor
  • Three X 1 ha Surveillance monitoring plots
  • Airborne and on-ground LiDAR and hyperspectral imagery calibrated using SLATS star transects, leaf sampling, tree structure and LAI measurements
  • Continuous forest inventory plots
  • Warra Silvicultural Systems Trial plots
  • Warra wildfire chronosequence plots
  • Southern Forests Experimental Forest Landscape (SFEFL) plots
  • Baseline Altitudinal Monitoring plots (BAMPs)
SuperSite Details
  • Vegetation type: Tall, wet Eucalyptus obliqua forest
  • Elevation: ~121 m
  • Soils: Kurosolic Redoxic Hydrosol

Site Research

Research using the Warra Tall Eucalypt SuperSite aims to:
  • understand fundamental ecological processes in E. obliqua wet forests;
  • assess and monitor biodiversity and geodiversity;
  • determine the long term effects of different forest management regimes on natural diversity and ecological processes and thus assess their sustainability;
  • where necessary, to develop alternative management regimes;
  • provide an integrated multi-disciplinary focus, which complements research programs elsewhere in Tasmania; and
  • link Tasmanian forest research with national and international programs having a long-term ecological focus.

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.