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AusPlots Forests     Establishing a continental scale        monitoring network in the     tall eucalypt forests of Austra...
The Starting Point• 2793 permanent inventory plots  with 275,000 trees maintained by  forestry agencies.• Relationships be...
Aim of AusPlots-Forests  • Establish a continental-scale plot based monitoring network  • Improves our understanding of tr...
Sampling the environmental domain• Continental and regional climatic gradients
AusPlots-Forests in brief• 40 plots of 1 hectare• In mature tall eucalypt forests of  Tas,Vic,WA, NSW,Qld.• Repeat measure...
Why Tall Eucalypt Forests? • Cannot do it all, so lets do one   system really well! • Spatially restricted: logistically  ...
What are we measuring?               All Trees >10cm DBH                         First Field Campaign:100                 ...
Western Australia                    Collins Plot: Mature Karri
Western Australia  Carey                                                          Sutton  Dom. Species: Karri             ...
Western Australia   Dawson                                                  Mt Frankland   Dom. Species: Karri            ...
TasmaniaDip River                                            Warra 1Dom. Species: Messmate Stringybark                   D...
The campaign rolls on……•   Tasmania: Autumn 2013•   Victoria: Spring 2013•   NSW: Summer 2013/14•   Queensland: Autumn 201...
A first step........                       Other forest types                       Other growth stages
David Bowman_AusPlots Forests: establishing a continental-scale monitoring network in the tall eucalypt forests of Australia
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David Bowman_AusPlots Forests: establishing a continental-scale monitoring network in the tall eucalypt forests of Australia

  1. 1. AusPlots Forests Establishing a continental scale monitoring network in the tall eucalypt forests of AustraliaSam Wood, David Bowman, Jeff Foulkes, Claire Howell Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network University of Tasmania University of Adelaide ABARES
  2. 2. The Starting Point• 2793 permanent inventory plots with 275,000 trees maintained by forestry agencies.• Relationships between climate variables, basal area and diameter increment.• ~24% decrease in stand basal area increment and ~17% decrease in diameter increment under A2 climate change scenarios (Prior et al. 2011). Prior, L.P., Williamson, G.D. & Bowman, D.M.J.S. (2011) Using permanent forestry plots to understand the possible effects of climate change on Australias production forest estate. Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. Canberra.
  3. 3. Aim of AusPlots-Forests • Establish a continental-scale plot based monitoring network • Improves our understanding of tree growth and carbon dynamics in tall eucalypt forests in relation to macro- environmental gradients across Australia. • Provide infrastructure for regionally based forest research • Build upon existing plot networks where possible.Warren Plot: 1854 Karri Regrowth
  4. 4. Sampling the environmental domain• Continental and regional climatic gradients
  5. 5. AusPlots-Forests in brief• 40 plots of 1 hectare• In mature tall eucalypt forests of Tas,Vic,WA, NSW,Qld.• Repeat measures every 5-10 years• Co-locate with existing inventory or research plots• Target conservation reserves• Focuson forest tree diversity and dynamics and their relationship to climate and site productivity• ....but also understorey biodiversity measures, soil attributes etc.
  6. 6. Why Tall Eucalypt Forests? • Cannot do it all, so lets do one system really well! • Spatially restricted: logistically efficient and cost effective • Spans macro-climates. • Dominate existing Permanent Inventory Plot infrastructure. • Valued for timber, conservation, recreation, carbon storageCarey Plot: 1852 Karri Regrowth
  7. 7. What are we measuring? All Trees >10cm DBH First Field Campaign:100 Acacia Atherosperma Eucalyptus Nothofagus •Establish 100x100m grid, 25 subplots 80 Olearia Pomaderris Dicksonia •Location, diameter, height, species for trees 60 >10cm DBH (i.e. RAINFOR) 40 •Canopy cover using digital photography 20 •Herbarium voucher specimens and leaf samples (for genetics) for all species on plot 0 (e.g. AusPlots Rangelands) 0 20 40 60 80 100 •Soil metagenomics samples (e.g. AusPlots Rangelands) Subsequent Field Campaign: • soil characteristics, coarse woody debris, seedlings and saplings…….
  8. 8. Western Australia Collins Plot: Mature Karri
  9. 9. Western Australia Carey Sutton Dom. Species: Karri Dom. Species: Karri Tenure: National Park Tenure: National Park Age: 1852 Cohort Age: 1917 Cohort Measured: 1982;1987;1992;2000 Measured: 1981;1986;1991;1999 Warren Collins Dom. Species: Karri Dom. Species: Karri Tenure: National Park Tenure: Forest Reserve Age: 1854 Cohort Age: Mature Meas: 1981;1986;1991;1999;2007 Dombakup Measured: 1964;1971;1982 Dom. Species: Karri Tenure: Forest Reserve Age: 1857 Cohort Measured: 1981;1986;1999Warren Plot: 1854 Karri Regrowth
  10. 10. Western Australia Dawson Mt Frankland Dom. Species: Karri Dom. Species: Karri + Yellow Tingle Tenure: Forest Reserve Tenure: Forest Reserve Age: 1937 Cohort Age: Mature Measured: 1982;1987;1995;2005 Measured: 2009 LIDAR Mt Clare Giants Dom. Species: Karri + Red Tingle Dom. Species: Karri + Red Tingle Tenure: Forest Reserve Tenure: Forest Reserve Age: Mature Age: 1937 Cohort + Mature Measured: New Plot Measured:1964;1972;1981;1986; 1991;1999Giants Plot: Mature + 1937 Red Tingle and Karri Regrowth
  11. 11. TasmaniaDip River Warra 1Dom. Species: Messmate Stringybark Dom. Species: Messmate StringybarkTenure: Forest Reserve Tenure: Forest ReserveAge: 1920s Cohort Age: 1898/1934 CohortMeasured: 1972;1976;1986;1998 Measured: 2007 (Warra Wildfire Plot)Flowerdale Warra 2Dom. Species: Messmate Stringybark Dom. Species: Messmate StringybarkTenure: Forest Reserve Tenure: Forest ReserveAge: 1920s Cohort Age: 1898/1934 CohortMeasured: 1970;1974;1985;1997 Measured: New Plot (Flux Tower Supersite) Warra 2: 1898/1934 Messmate Stringybark regrowth
  12. 12. The campaign rolls on……• Tasmania: Autumn 2013• Victoria: Spring 2013• NSW: Summer 2013/14• Queensland: Autumn 2014• Upload to AEKOS database. Publically available data.• Tier Two Measurements: i.e. soils, coarse woody debris, seedlings and saplings
  13. 13. A first step........ Other forest types Other growth stages

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