Dry River (NT) OzFlux tower site



The Dry River flux station is located approximately 89km south of Katherine, Northern Territory: 15°15'31.62"S, 132°22'14.04"E. The flux tower site is classified as open forest savanna site. The overstory is co-dominated by tree species E. tetrodonta, E. dichromophloia, C. terminalis, Sorghum intrans, S. plumosum, Themeda triandra and Chrysopogon fallax, with canopy height averaging 12.3m. Elevation of the site is close to 175m and mean annual precipitation from a nearby Bureau of Meteorology site measures 895.3mm. Maximum temperatures range from 29.1°C (in June) to 37.6°C (in July), while minimum temperatures range from 14.6°C (in July) to 24.8°C (in November). Maximum temperatures vary seasonally by 8.5°C and minimum by 10.2°C. The instrument mast is 15 meters tall. Heat, water vapour and carbon dioxide measurements are taken using the open-path eddy flux technique. Temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, rainfall, incoming and reflected shortwave radiation and net radiation are measured above the canopy. Soil heat fluxes are measured and soil moisture content is gathered using time domain reflectometry. Ancillary measurements taken at the site include LAI, leaf-scale physiological properties (gas exchange, leaf isotope ratios, N and chlorophyll concentrations), vegetation optical properties and soil physical properties. Airborne based remote sensing (Lidar and hyperspectral measurements) was carried out across the transect in September 2008.

Access Condition: This work is publically available. This data collection is subject to terms of use which are yet to be finalised. Please contact Jason Beringer (jason.beringer@monash.edu), Peter Isaac (pisaac.ozflux@gmail.com) or Eva van Gorsel (eva.vangorsel@csiro.au) for further details. TERN Attribution-Share Alike-Non Commercial (TERN-BY-SA-NC) http://www.tern.org.au/rs/7/sites/998/user_uploads/File/Data%20Licensing%20Documents/TERN%20Data%20Licensing%20Policy%20v1_0.pdf

Description of Resource: Measurements from Bidirectional pyranometer / pyrgeometer; Data logger; Infra-red gas analyser; Net radiometer; Rain gauge; Soil heat flux (two replicates); Soil moisture; Sonic anemometer - wind velocities (u,v,w) - sonic temperature; Temperature and Relative Humidity (two replicates)
Date made available2016
PublisherCharles Darwin University - Datasets
Date of data productionSep 2011 -
Geographical coveragedcmiPoint: east=132.24243164064; north=-15.156531728425; projection=WGS84


  • 0502 Environmental Science and Management

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Hutley, L. B. (Creator), Beringer, J. (Creator). (2016): Dry River (NT) OzFlux tower site, Charles Darwin University - Datasets.