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Understanding post-fire fuel dynamics using burnt permanent forest plots

posted on 2023-05-25, 19:32 authored by James Furlaud, David BowmanDavid Bowman
The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) Ausplot Forests network is a long-term ecological monitoring network of 48 1-hectare plots in mature, tall, wet eucalypt forest. It was established between 2012 and 2015 with the goal of setting up a network of permanent forest plots on a continental scale across a large climactic gradient.1 The climates in which these plots are located ranges from that of the cool temperate forests of Tasmania to the warm tropics of far north Queensland. The original objective was to set up the first Australia-wide network of plots in highly productive forests to monitor the effect of climate change on carbon stocks.2 However, consistent with the overarching goal of TERN, these plots were also intended to contribute to a continental-scale infrastructure for scientific study. In keeping with this concept, researchers from the University of Tasmania visited all 48 plots in the summer of 2014-15 to measure the fuel loads in an attempt to understand fuel dynamics across a macro-ecological gradient.


Publication title

Understanding post-fire fuel dynamics using burnt permanent forest plots

Commissioning body

Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC


Report no. 569




School of Natural Sciences


Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC

Place of publication

Melbourne, Australia

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Native forests

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