Tour TERN’s outback monitoring SuperSite

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Take a virtual tour of TERN’s environmental monitoring site in the outback of central Australia in the Northern Territory. Learn about the sensors, cameras and surveys used to monitor the ecosystem, its plants, animals and processes, providing data for researchers around the world.

We are excited to announce that the TERN’s Alice Mulga SuperSite interactive walkthrough is now available on our website. Come explore our site and learn all about our equipment and what goes on here with your very own personal guide, Dr Jamie Cleverly of JCU.

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

Explore the Outback

When you start the tour, you will be joined by one of our scientists, Dr Jamie Cleverly of JCU.  Jamie will introduce you to the site and invite you to ‘walk around’ and explore the site and the national research infrastructure collecting the data.

There are six locations on the tour with each location having several scenes to tour. You can click on items of interest around the scenes, which include photos, diagrams, videos and eco-acoustic recordings.

To move to the next scene, click on a thumbnail image on the left of the screen, use the green arrow markers within the scene or click a number on the site map to ‘walk’ to the next location.

At several locations, you will be joined by Jamie for short video introductions to the key features (natural or infrastructure) at that location.

If you have any questions about how to use the tour, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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