A new approach to intensive ecosystem research:               introducing the     Australian Supersite NetworkPresentation...
Supersite : a definition1) An intensive field station in a typical and  important biome2) Physical instrumentation3) Scien...
Supersite Network 2013TERN SupersitesFNQ RainforestSEQ Peri-urbanWarra Tall EucalyptCalperum MalleeGreat Western Woodlands...
Objectives1) Establish a national network of Supersites2) Provide data with high temporal/spatial resolution3) Carry out c...
Supersite QuestionsHow do key ecosystems respond to environmental change?Science questions to inform large scale environme...
A collaborative Network approachConsistent monitoring protocols - Auscover, AusPlots, Soils, CoastalEach Supersite hosts a...
TERN consistent data delivery• Data discoverable through the TERN Data Portal and ASN website• Data stored on the ASN Data...
FNQ Rainforest Supersite                                                    Daintree                                      ...
FNQ Rainforest SupersiteRobson Creek node• 25 ha vegetation plot completed• AusCover campaign completed• Acoustic monitori...
SEQ Peri-urban Supersite1) Samford node2) Logan/Albert Rivers                              SEQ Peri-urban Supersite3) Kara...
SEQ Peri-urban Supersite•   Vegetation survey completed•   AusCover campaign completed•   Ecological monitoring establishe...
Great Western Woodlands Supersite Credo site - mosaic woodland, heath, mallee“Where do woodland trees source their water f...
Great Western Woodlands Supersite•   OzFlux tower operational•   AusPlots Training workshop•   Field Studies Centre comple...
Warra Tall Eucalypt SupersiteManaged/unmanaged WetEucalyptus obliqua forestLong-term ecological research site since 1998“U...
Warra Tall Eucalypt Supersite                                                     1400•   OzFlux tower installed          ...
Calperum Mallee Supersite   1) Calperum node   • mallee flux tower   • AusPlot    2) Calliatris woodland   • AusPlot   3) ...
Calperum Mallee Supersite•   Soil surveys completed•   Acoustic monitors installed•   AusCover campaign completed•   Veget...
Cumberland Plain EucFACE SupersiteFree Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FACE) experiment since Sept 2012Critically endangere...
Victorian Dry Eucalypt Supersite1) Whroo node - Monash University2) Wombat node - Melbourne University• OzFlux towers oper...
Alice Mulga Supersite1)    Alice Mulga node2)    Tea-Tree node•    OzFlux towers (2) operational•    AusCover campaign com...
Tumbarumba Wet Eucalypt Supersite•   12 years of weather, climate, CO2, evapotranspiration data•   Acoustic monitors insta...
Litchfield Savanna• Site selected for OzFlux tower• Vegetation monitoring LTERN  since mid-1990.• Acoustic monitors instal...
Current network activitiesRefining protocols• Review of monitoring protocols, quality assurance and data handlingInternati...
Key to the future of the ASNThe mission of the Supersite network is to do environmentalmonitoring in key ecosystems with h...
Future directions for the ASNExpanding the Supersite network to other significant biomes• Managed landscapes• Coastal ecos...
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  • Warra, SEQ, Alice, FNQ.Central RHS The vast expanse of Mulga north of Alice does have a wetland (fed by very shallow groundwater) which greens up when it rains and collects surface water. This represents a very small fraction of the landscape (< 1 %)
  • Calperum flux tower
  • DEEDI and TERN-EIF funded.Cape Tribulation node running for 12 years as an intensive LTER
  • Precipitation, ground water and evaporation/transpiration water balances are known to be significant drivers of vegetation structure and complexity. High spatial and temporal resolution monitoring in upland and lowland sites, in conjunction with high resolution mapping and identification of species, their growth and phenology, will provide important baseline data from which to observe and understand responses as climate changes in short and medium-long termMapping relationships between plant and animal communities in space and time will develop greater understanding of dependencies between plants and their consumers, pollinators and dispersers, again setting up the baseline from which change can be documented and understood.
  • Peter Grace, Andy Lowe, Jean-Marc HeroDEEDIand TERN-EIF fundedFragmented woodland / Riparian vegetation
  • DEEDI and TERN-EIF fundedFragmented woodland / Riparian vegetation
  • Suzanne ProberTERN-EIF and DEC funded.Linked into the SWATT transect.
  • TERN-EIF and DEC funded.Linked into the SWATT transect.
  • Tim WardlawTERN-EIF and Forestry Tas funded.Forestry Tas, Utas. Longest running intensive LTER site in Australia – 19 years
  • TERN-EIF and Forestry Tas funded. 80m tower. 14 pages of publications coming out of the site since it commenced.Forestry Tas, Utas. Longest running intensive LTER site in Australia – 19 years
  • Wayne MeyerTERN-EIF funded Transect across three ecosystems all undergoing restoration 1. Mallee woodlands at the flux tower 2. Calliatris woodland fringing the floodplain 3. Murray River floodplain
  • TERN-EIF funded Transect across three ecosystems all undergoing restoration 1. Mallee woodlands at the flux tower 2. Calliatris woodland fringing the floodplain 3. Murray River floodplain
  • David Ellsworth“Does CO2 enrichment stimulate ecosystem C storage?”“Are species diversity and bio-structure altered by CO2 fertilisation?”NotTERN funded – a voluntary Supersite that meets the measurement/data collection protocols of the Supersite network6 Tower cranes – EIF funded investment in tall forest FACE experimentProf. David Ellsworth UWS Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment.remnant Eucalyptus woodland critically endangered ecological community full meteorological stationeddy flux co-variance system for water vapour fluxes in FACE eddy flux co-variance system for CO2 and water vapour in woodland spatially explicit CO2 concentration and windspeed profiles coupled sap flow and dendrometer systems for trees automated soil CO2 flux monitoring chambers soil water content and neutron probe sensors
  • Jason Beringer, Stefan ArndtNot TERN funded – a voluntary Supersite that meets the measurement/data collection protocols of the Supersite network
  • Derek Eamus“Is arid-zone Mulga a net C sink or C source?““Is groundwater recharge a frequent or infrequent or rare event in arid-zone Mulga?”NotTERN funded – a voluntary Supersite that meets the measurement/data collection protocols of the Supersite networkNational Centre for Groundwater Research and Training = Superscience funded.Ozflux tower part of the hydrological monitoring along with NCGRT funded monitoringbores and soil moisture pits. 2 Flux towers in different vegetation types, 2nd in eucalypt.
  • Eva van Gorsel“How do logging practices affect carbon and water stocks and the ecosystem”Not TERN funded – a voluntary Supersite that meets the measurement/data collection protocols of the Supersite network
  • LinsdayHutley / JeremyRussel-SmithNot TERN funded – a voluntary Supersite that meets the measurement/data collection protocols of the Supersite network
  • NEON uses around 3 full time people per Supersite – just in data collection.
  • Roadmap directions aboveNon-roadmap :Montane rainforestsChenopd shrub landsTriodia hummock grasslandsKarri/Jarrah forests
  • Mike Liddell_A new approach to intensive ecosystem research: introducing the Australian Supersite Network

    1. 1. A new approach to intensive ecosystem research: introducing the Australian Supersite NetworkPresentation by: Mike LiddellInformation provided by : the 10 Supersite Principal Investigators
    2. 2. Supersite : a definition1) An intensive field station in a typical and important biome2) Physical instrumentation3) Scientists and technical support staff4) Transect or Contrasts (10- 400km)Core activitiesVegetation plot 1 Ha – field monitoringPlant physiological and soil/water measurementsFaunal monitoring – field and sensor monitoringData / Web portal - linked to TERN portal and ANDSOzflux system – biogeochemical fluxes, microclimate
    3. 3. Supersite Network 2013TERN SupersitesFNQ RainforestSEQ Peri-urbanWarra Tall EucalyptCalperum MalleeGreat Western WoodlandsNon-TERN SupersitesCumberland Plain EucFACETumbarumba Wet EucalyptVictorian Dry EucalyptAlice MulgaLitchfield Savanna
    4. 4. Objectives1) Establish a national network of Supersites2) Provide data with high temporal/spatial resolution3) Carry out comprehensive measurements (biological, biophysical, biogeochemical) of ecosystem function using a standard approach4) Provide key information to serve land managers,scientists and to inform the public
    5. 5. Supersite QuestionsHow do key ecosystems respond to environmental change?Science questions to inform large scale environmentalmanagement / policy :Some questions are best answered by using the network• Do contrasting ecosystems differ in their vulnerability to extreme weather events such as droughts and heat-waves?• Can ‘tipping points’ be identified and do those tipping points differ among contrasting environments?Science questions to inform local environmental management:Some questions have specific importance to the stakeholdersinvolved in the Supersite• Forestry management approaches in Tasmania• Carbon farming strategies in the Northern Territory• Climate resilient restoration of Western Australian wheat belt
    6. 6. A collaborative Network approachConsistent monitoring protocols - Auscover, AusPlots, Soils, CoastalEach Supersite hosts a flux tower – OzFluxData collated across spatial & temporal scales - modelling eMAST
    7. 7. TERN consistent data delivery• Data discoverable through the TERN Data Portal and ASN website• Data stored on the ASN Database, Bush.fm and others
    8. 8. FNQ Rainforest Supersite Daintree Rainforest Observatory 1) Robson Creek node Upland tropical rainforest 2) Cape Tribulation node Lowland tropical rainforest Major clines in • Altitude • Rainfall • Temperature“How does seasonal water availability relate tospecies distribution, growth and phenology?”“How does plant distribution and diversity affectanimal community structure and dynamics?” Robson Creek
    9. 9. FNQ Rainforest SupersiteRobson Creek node• 25 ha vegetation plot completed• AusCover campaign completed• Acoustic monitoring installed• Plant physiology measures completed • Faunal transect studies on-going. (CTBCC) • Invertebrate studies on-going. • Seedling transects completed • Aquatic sampling on-going.
    10. 10. SEQ Peri-urban Supersite1) Samford node2) Logan/Albert Rivers SEQ Peri-urban Supersite3) Karawatha node“What are the impacts of urbanization on keyecological processes within coastal catchments” Samford Karawatha
    11. 11. SEQ Peri-urban Supersite• Vegetation survey completed• AusCover campaign completed• Ecological monitoring established• Soil monitoring established• Acoustic monitoring installed• Real time water monitoring  Flood events  Collaboration with eReefs
    12. 12. Great Western Woodlands Supersite Credo site - mosaic woodland, heath, mallee“Where do woodland trees source their water from?” low acacia woodland (mulga)“What does this imply for mining impacts?” Menzies line intact eucalypt woodland, shrubland fragmented wheatbelt woodland, shrubland
    13. 13. Great Western Woodlands Supersite• OzFlux tower operational• AusPlots Training workshop• Field Studies Centre completed• AusCover campaign completed• Vegetation survey completed• Ecological monitoring established• Ngadju people fire knowledge project commenced
    14. 14. Warra Tall Eucalypt SupersiteManaged/unmanaged WetEucalyptus obliqua forestLong-term ecological research site since 1998“Understand fundamental ecological processes inE. obliqua wet forests”“Determine long-term effects of different forestmanagement regimes on natural diversity andecological processes”
    15. 15. Warra Tall Eucalypt Supersite 1400• OzFlux tower installed 1200 1000 1135 1159 Number of species• Vegetation survey completed 800 600• Acoustic monitors installed 400 200 126 211 227• 59 Ecological monitoring on-going 0 21 Mammals Birds Lichens Vascular plants Bryophytes Fungi Beetles• Report - functioning of Regional Forestry Agreement
    16. 16. Calperum Mallee Supersite 1) Calperum node • mallee flux tower • AusPlot 2) Calliatris woodland • AusPlot 3) Chowilla flood plain • AusPlot Chowilla floodplain Mallee“Characterize the driving processes woodlandand establish the connections and Murrayinter-dependencies of hydrology Riverand biota between thethree ecosystems.” Renmark SA Vic
    17. 17. Calperum Mallee Supersite• Soil surveys completed• Acoustic monitors installed• AusCover campaign completed• Vegetation survey commenced• OzFlux tower operational• AusPlots workshop completed
    18. 18. Cumberland Plain EucFACE SupersiteFree Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FACE) experiment since Sept 2012Critically endangered ecological community found only in the Sydney Basin• OzFlux towers operational (1 in FACE, 1 control)• Plant physiology measures completed• At target concentration 540ppm – 11 days ago.
    19. 19. Victorian Dry Eucalypt Supersite1) Whroo node - Monash University2) Wombat node - Melbourne University• OzFlux towers operational• Vegetation surveys completed• Ecological monitoring established• Auscover campaign completed.
    20. 20. Alice Mulga Supersite1) Alice Mulga node2) Tea-Tree node• OzFlux towers (2) operational• AusCover campaign completed• Biodiversity/hydrology in 2013
    21. 21. Tumbarumba Wet Eucalypt Supersite• 12 years of weather, climate, CO2, evapotranspiration data• Acoustic monitors installed• AusCover campaign completed• Major archive of detailed atmospheric and ground based measurements.
    22. 22. Litchfield Savanna• Site selected for OzFlux tower• Vegetation monitoring LTERN since mid-1990.• Acoustic monitors installed
    23. 23. Current network activitiesRefining protocols• Review of monitoring protocols, quality assurance and data handlingInternational connections• Maximise interoperability and data integration with comparable international long-term ecosystem monitoring networks• National Ecosystem Observatory Net- work Inc. (NEON; USA)• Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems (AnaEE; EU)• Chinese Ecosystem Research Network (CERN)
    24. 24. Key to the future of the ASNThe mission of the Supersite network is to do environmentalmonitoring in key ecosystems with high intensity and to do it well.To enable this appropriate funding is the key.All TERN funded Supersites have had both State and Federal funding.The Supersite model has been supported and as a result the networkhas expanded into something that is now functionally useful.At the moment the network is being run by fractional staff.All Supersites are substantively short of the resources needed to deliverwhat the network aims to deliver.A large cross-investment into the Supersites is being used just to keepthe network running.A reliance on cross-subsidized funding to run a long term network asLTERN knows only too well is a difficult and risky business.
    25. 25. Future directions for the ASNExpanding the Supersite network to other significant biomes• Managed landscapes• Coastal ecosystems

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