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    This dataset lists land surface substrate characteristics observed in Rangeland sites across Australia by the TERN Surveillance Monitoring team, using standardised AusPlots methodologies. <br /> Land surface substrate observations are collected at each site as part of the AusPlots <a href="http://linked.data.gov.au/def/ausplots-cv/c5a32483-bf2f-421d-b03d-6d81e1195de2">Point intercept</a> method. At each site, observations on the substrate type (e.g. rock, coarse woody debris, litter) are recorded on transect laid out on the plots see AusPlots <a href="http://linked.data.gov.au/def/ausplots-cv/c5a32483-bf2f-421d-b03d-6d81e1195de2">Point intercept</a> method. These records form the basis for ground cover derivation, see the Ausplots <a href="http://linked.data.gov.au/def/tern-cv/1ae719f6-93f2-494c-822d-2631b1d3e6c3">Ground cover</a> and <a href="http://linked.data.gov.au/def/ausplots-cv/c5a32483-bf2f-421d-b03d-6d81e1195de2">Point intercept</a> methods.<br />

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    This dataset list landform characteristics (i.e. visible features of a land area) observed in Rangeland sites across Australia by the TERN Surveillance Monitoring team, using standardised AusPlots methodologies. <br /> Landform observations are recorded at each site as part of the AusPlots <a href="http://linked.data.gov.au/def/ausplots-cv/4c0dabaf-1771-465f-890f-be23337c530e">Plots and Physical Descriptions</a> method. Observations on the landform elements and their patterns are recorded as part of this protocol.<br />

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    This dataset lists populations of plant species found on Rangeland sites across Australia by the TERN Ecosystem Surveillance team, using standardised AusPlots methodologies. <br /> Plant species are identified at each site as part of the AusPlots <a href="http://linked.data.gov.au/def/ausplots-cv/1d39b897-d6d3-40e9-8113-8ebeab2cd38e">Vegetation vouchering</a> method. For each population of plant species identified, basal area is estimated as part of the AusPlots <a href="http://linked.data.gov.au/def/ausplots-cv/872d0b1d-3ed0-4e25-a31a-f3ee4336acc6">Basal area</a> method. Other recorded information includes dead plants basal area and the number of sampling points. Species identification is updated once confirmed by Herbaria. <br />

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    This dataset consists of measurements of the exchange of energy and mass between the surface and the atmospheric boundary-layer in pasture using eddy covariance techniques. <br /><br /> The Samford flux station is situated on an improved (<em>Paspalum dilatum</em>) pasture in the humid subtropical climatic region of coastal south-east Queensland. Located only 20km from the centre of Brisbane city, Samford Valley provides an ideal case study to examine the impact of urbanisation and land use change on ecosystem processes. The valley covers an area of some 82km2 and is drained in the southern regions by the Samford creek, which extends some 13km to Samford Village and into the South Pine River. The Samford Valley is historically a rural area experiencing intense urbanisation, with the population increasing almost 50% in the 10 years to 2006 (Morton Bay Regional Council, 2011). Within the Samford valley study region, the Samford Ecological Research Facility (SERF) not only represents a microcosm of current and historical land uses in the valley, but provides a unique opportunity to intensively study various aspects of ecosystem health in a secure, integrated and long term research capacity. Mean annual minimum and maximum temperatures at a nearby Bureau of Meteorology site are 13.1°C and 25.6°C respectively while average rainfall is 1102mm. <br />For additional site information, see https://www.tern.org.au/tern-observatory/tern-ecosystem-processes/samford-peri-urban-supersite/ . <br /><br />This data is also available at http://data.ozflux.org.au .

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    This dataset lists land surface characteristics observed in Rangeland sites across Australia by the TERN Ecosystem Surveillance team, using standardised AusPlots methodologies. <br /> Land surface observations are collected at each site as part of the AusPlots <a href="http://linked.data.gov.au/def/ausplots-cv/74615bb8-9cc5-4a63-868b-3258108ffcb4">Plot description</a> method. At each site, observations on ground cover, lithology, erosion (state, extent, and human accelerated), surface drainage, microrelief, aspect and angle are recorded as part of the Ausplots <a href="http://linked.data.gov.au/def/tern-cv/1ae719f6-93f2-494c-822d-2631b1d3e6c3">Ground cover</a> and <a href="http://linked.data.gov.au/def/ausplots-cv/74615bb8-9cc5-4a63-868b-3258108ffcb4">Plot description</a> methods.<br />

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    This dataset consists of measurements of the exchange of energy and mass between the surface and the atmospheric boundary-layer in a semi-arid mallee ecosystem north of the River Murray near Chowilla using eddy covariance techniques. <br /> <br /> The Calperum Chowilla site was established in July 2010 and is managed by the University of Adelaide (UA), coordinated by Prof Wayne Meyer and Prof David Chittleborough of the Landscape Futures Program as part of the Environment Institute. This is a former sheep grazing property that has been destocked and is being managed as a conservation area in this type of ecosystem. The landscape is flat with a series of low east–west sand dunes. The dunes are remnants of a previous dry era and are mostly now stabilised by mallee (multi-stemmed Eucalypt trees) and various shrubs. It is a semi-arid environment fringing the River Murray floodplains of the Riverland.<br />For additional site information, see http://www.landscapescience.org/. <br /><br /> This data is also available at http://data.ozflux.org.au .

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    This dataset list soil characteristics observed in Rangeland sites across Australia by the TERN Surveillance Monitoring team, using standardised AusPlots methodologies. <br /> Soil observations are recorded at each site as part of the AusPlots <a href="http://linked.data.gov.au/def/ausplots-cv/dbd0b3ef-c9e6-42d9-9e40-53ff4733fe64">Soil and Landscapes</a> method. Observations on the soil surface conditions are recorded as part of the Ausplots <a href="http://linked.data.gov.au/def/ausplots-cv/74615bb8-9cc5-4a63-868b-3258108ffcb4">Plot description</a> method.<br />

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    This dataset lists vegetation strata and the three most dominant species in each stratum identified at rangeland sites across Australia by the TERN Surveillance Monitoring team, using standardised AusPlots methodologies. <br /> Vegetation strata are methodically identified at each site as part of the AusPlots <a href="http://linked.data.gov.au/def/ausplots-cv/d5685cab-13e7-4939-9d77-1cca9254207a">Structural summary and homogeneity</a> method. The information provided includes the type of strata found and the three most dominant species on each stratum.<br />

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    This dataset consists of measurements of the exchange of energy and mass between the surface and the atmospheric boundary-layer in lowland tropical rainforest at the Daintree Rainforest Observatory located near Cape Tribulation, Queensland, using eddy covariance techniques. <br /> <br />The Cape Tribulation flux station was located in the land that is adjacent to the Daintree National Park which is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area (WTWHA). The site is flanked to the west by coastal ranges rising to more than 1400m and to the east by the Coral Sea. The red clay loam podzolic soils are of metamorphic origin and have good drainage characteristics. The metamorphic rocks grade into granite boulders along Thompson Creek which runs along the northern boundary of the site. The crane site itself is gently sloping but the fetch area makes the site one of very complex terrain. The forest is classed as complex mesophyll vine forest (type 1a) and has an average canopy height of 25m. The dominant canopy trees belong to the Apocynaceae, Arecaceae, Euphorbiaceae, Lauraceae, Meliaceae, Myristicaceae and Myrtaceae families. The forest is continuous for several kilometres around the crane except for an area 300m due east of the crane, which is regrowth forest. Annual average rainfall at the site is around 5180mm and is strongly seasonal, with 66% falling between January and April (wet season). Mean daily temperature ranges from 26.6°C in February to 21.2°C in July. <br> Tropical cyclones are a frequent occurrence in Far North Queensland. These severe tropical storm systems are natural phenomena which play a major role in determining the ecology of Queensland's tropical lowland rainforests. In March 1999 Tropical Cyclone Rona (Category 3) passed over the Cape Tribulation area causing widespread damage (gusts >170km/h). At the site several large trees fell, nearly all of the remaining trees were stripped of leaves and the lianas towers were torn to ground level. <br> The flux station was mounted at the 45m level on the tower of the Australian Canopy Crane external link. The canopy crane is a Liebherr 91 EC, freestanding construction tower crane. The crane is 48.5 metres tall with a radius of 55 metres enabling access to 1 hectare of rainforest. Fluxes of heat, water vapour and carbon dioxide were measured using the open-path eddy covariance technique. Supplementary measurements above the canopy included temperature, humidity, rainfall, total solar; these measurements have continued post the flux system decommissioning. Heat flux, soil temperature and water content (time domain reflectometry) were measured in proximity to the flux station; these measurements have continued post the flux system decommissioning. Detailed biometric measurements are made at the crane site and all trees have regular (5 yearly) dbh measurements and canopy mapping carried out. Monitoring bores (3) are located on site. Leaf litter measurements are carried out on a monthly basis. <br> For additional site information, see https://www.tern.org.au/tern-observatory/tern-ecosystem-processes/daintree-rainforest-supersite/ .<br /><br /> This data is also available at http://data.ozflux.org.au .

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    This dataset lists soil profile observations described in Rangeland sites across Australia by the TERN Surveillance Monitoring team, using standardised AusPlots methodologies. <br> Soil profile samples are observed and collected at each site as part of the AusPlots <a href="http://linked.data.gov.au/def/ausplots-cv/dbd0b3ef-c9e6-42d9-9e40-53ff4733fe64">Soil and Landscapes</a> methods. For each soil profile sampled, soil horizon's colour, electrical conductivity, effervescence, ped characteristics, pH, texture and coarse fragments characteristics are described as part of the Ausplots <a href="http://linked.data.gov.au/def/ausplots-cv/5d5d06a4-9044-4900-a4eb-6de66fd707b9">Soil characterisation to 1 m+</a> method. Soil specimens for the soil horizons are also collected for preservation see AusPlots <a href="http://linked.data.gov.au/def/ausplots-cv/2df4d74b-4c30-41db-9b8e-f93de39dce30">Soil samples</a> method.<br>