Science community capitalises on TERN flux monitoring infrastructure

An impressive compendium of research using TERN’s national flux monitoring infrastructure, TERN OzFlux, has just been released in a special issue of the international journal Biogeosciences.

Thus far, five papers have completed peer review and have been published inBiogeosciences.  Another 15 papers are under review in Biogeosciences Discussions, and a further two have been submitted for review.  All 22 of the papers, which are across a wide range of ecosystem science topics, involve research facilitated by TERN infrastructure or data products.

The special issue features research into the biogeochemical cycling of carbon, water and nutrients in multiple ecosystem types at local and continental scales. Using TERN supplied flux measurements, models and remote sensing, the papers explore ecosystem dynamics such as productivity, respiration, evapotranspiration, and water-use efficiency within the context of climate fluctuations, meteorological drivers, phenology and management activities.

Some of the key datasets associated with these publications are available for download via TERN’s data infrastructure—check them out in this month’s Data Update.

TERN OzFlux is part of an international network (FluxNet) of over 650 flux stations that provides continuous, long-term micrometeorological measurements for monitoring the state of ecosystems globally. TERN OzFlux provides the Australian and global modelling communities with consistent observations of energy, carbon and water exchange between the atmosphere and the key ecosystems of Australia and New Zealand.

“OzFlux has been the catalyst for a significant advance in what we know of the land-air exchanges of carbon and water across a range of ecosystems and meteorological conditions,” says Dr Helen Cleugh, of the CSIRO, who leads the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP) Earth Systems Hub.

“OzFlux’s data, networks and analytical models are now being widely used in the research fields of ecology, plant science, forestry, meteorology and atmospheric science.”

This latest collection of research is yet another example of how the networks and data being delivered by TERN are being increasingly frequently used in diverse multidisciplinary research contexts.  TERN infrastructure continues to catalyse advances in our knowledge of the land-air exchange of carbon and water across a range of ecosystems and meteorological conditions.

A full list of the papers in the special issue:


Soil methane oxidation in both dry and wet temperate eucalypt forests show near identical relationship with soil air-filled porosity

Benedikt J. Fest, Nina Hinko-Najera, Tim Wardlaw, David W. T. Griffith, Stephen J. Livesley, and Stefan K. Arndt


Interactions between nocturnal turbulent flux, storage and advection at an ‘ideal’ eucalypt woodland site

Ian D. McHugh, Jason Beringer, Shaun C. Cunningham, Patrick J. Baker, Timothy R. Cavagnaro, Ralph Mac Nally, and Ross M. Thompson


Carbon uptake and water use in woodlands and forests in southern Australia during an extreme heat wave event in the ‘Angry Summer’ of 2012/2013

Eva van Gorsel, Sebastian Wolf, Peter Isaac, James Cleverly, Vanessa Haverd, Cäcilia Ewenz, Stefan Arndt, Jason Beringer, Víctor Resco de Dios, Bradley J. Evans, Anne Griebel, Lindsay B. Hutley, Trevor Keenan, Natascha Kljun, Craig Macfarlane, Wayne S. Meyer, Ian McHugh, Elise Pendall, Suzanne Prober, and Richard Silberstein


A model inter-comparison study to examine limiting factors in modelling Australian tropical savannas

R. Whitley, J. Beringer, L. Hutley, G. Abramowitz, M. G. De Kauwe, R. Duursma, B. Evans, V. Haverd, L. Li, Y. Ryu, B. Smith, Y.-P. Wang, M. Williams, and Q. Yu


Under a new light: validation of eddy covariance flux with light response functions of assimilation and estimates of heterotrophic soil respiration

Georgia R. Koerber, Wayne S. Meyer, Qiaoqi SUN, Peter Cale, and Cacilia M. Ewenz


Tree-grass phenology information improves light use efficiency modelling of gross primary productivity for an Australian tropical savanna

Caitlin E. Moore, Jason Beringer, Bradley Evans, Lindsay B. Hutley, and Nigel J. Tapper


OzFlux Data: Network integration from collection to curation

Peter Isaac, James Cleverly, Ian McHugh, Eva van Gorsel, Cacilia Ewenz, and Jason Beringer


Quantifying the relative importance of greenhouse gas emissions from current and future savanna land use change across northern Australia

M. Bristow, L. B. Hutley, J. Beringer, S. J. Livesley, A. C. Edwards, and S. K. Arndt


Carbon budgets for an irrigated intensively grazed dairy pasture and an unirrigated winter-grazed pasture

John E. Hunt, Johannes Laubach, Matti Barthel, Anitra Fraser, and Rebecca L. Phillips


Net ecosystem carbon exchange of a dry temperate eucalypt forest

Nina Hinko-Najera, Stephen J Livesley, Jason Beringer, Peter Isaac, Eva van Gorsel, Jean-François Exbrayat, Ian McHugh, and Stefan K. Arndt


Challenges and opportunities in modelling savanna ecosystems

Rhys Whitley, Jason Beringer, Lindsay B. Hutley, Gabriel Abramowitz, Martin G. De Kauwe, Bradley Evans, Vanessa Haverd, Longhui Li, Caitlin Moore, Youngryel Ryu, Simon Scheiter, Stanislaus J. Schymanski, Benjamin Smith, Ying-Ping Wang, Mathew Williams, and Qiang Yu


Dynamic INtegrated Gap-filling and partitioning for OzFlux (DINGO)

Jason Beringer, Ian McHugh, Lindsay B. Hutley, Peter Isaac, and Natascha Kljun


Australian vegetation phenology: new insights from satellite remote sensing and digital repeat photography

Caitlin E. Moore, Tim Brown, Trevor F. Keenan, Remko A. Duursma, Albert I. J. M. van Dijk, Jason Beringer, Darius Culvenor, Bradley Evans, Alfredo Huete, Lindsay B. Hutley, Stefan Maier, Natalia Restrepo-Coupe, Oliver Sonnentag, Alison Specht, Jeffrey R. Taylor, Eva van Gorsel, and Michael J. Liddell


Interannual variability in Australia’s terrestrial carbon cycle constrained by multiple observation types

Cathy M. Trudinger, Vanessa Haverd, Peter R. Briggs, and Josep G. Canadell

Biogeosciences Discuss., doi:10.5194/bg-2016-186, 2016


Describing rainfall in northern Australia using multiple climate indices

Cassandra Rogers and Jason Beringer


An introduction to the Australian and New Zealand flux tower network – OzFlux

Jason Beringer, Lindsay B. Hutley, Ian McHugh, Stefan K. Arndt, David Campbell, Helen A. Cleugh, James Cleverly, Víctor Resco de Dios, Derek Eamus, Bradley Evans, Cacilia Ewenz, Peter Grace, Anne Griebel, Vanessa Haverd, Nina Hinko-Najera, Alfredo Huete, Peter Isaac, Kasturi Kanniah, Ray Leuning, Michael J. Liddell, Craig Macfarlane, Wayne Meyer, Caitlin Moore, Elise Pendall, Alison Phillips, Rebecca L. Phillips, Suzanne Prober, Natalia Restrepo-Coupe, Susanna Rutledge, Ivan Schroder, Richard Silberstein, Patricia Southall, Mei Sun, Nigel J. Tapper, Eva van Gorsel, Camilla Vote, Jeff Walker, and Tim Wardlaw


The contribution of trees and grasses to productivity of an Australian tropical savanna

Caitlin E. Moore, Jason Beringer, Bradley Evans, Lindsay B. Hutley, Ian McHugh, and Nigel J. Tapper


Combining two complementary micrometeorological methods to measure CH4 and N2O fluxes over pasture

Johannes Laubach, Matti Barthel, Anitra Fraser, John E. Hunt, and David W. T. Griffith


Coupling carbon allocation with leaf and root phenology predicts tree–grass partitioning along a savanna rainfall gradient

V. Haverd, B. Smith, M. Raupach, P. Briggs, L. Nieradzik, J. Beringer, L. Hutley, C. M. Trudinger, and J. Cleverly


MODIS vegetation products as proxies of photosynthetic potential: a look across meteorological and biologic driven ecosystem productivity

N. Restrepo-Coupe, A. Huete, K. Davies, J. Cleverly, J. Beringer, D. Eamus, E. van Gorsel, L. B. Hutley, and W. S. Meyer


The contribution of photo-degradation to the ecosystem carbon budget of a semi-arid Corymbia-hummock savanna

Cleverly et al.


Response of net ecosystem carbon exchange to a large rainfall event depends on previous rainfall pattern in a semi-arid woodland

Sun et al.


Original article published in TERN newsletter July 2016

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