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The Warra Long-term Ecological Research Site is a focal point for the study of the ecology and management of tall Eucalyptus forests on the Australian island of Tasmania.

These are some of the most significant forest sites on Earth:

  • One of the most productive natural forests on the planet
  • At the far end of Australia’s temperature gradients for forests
  • It contains the tallest and largest flowering forests on Earth
  • A forest type that has occupied this landscape of 50,000 years
  • Home to relict Southern Hemisphere rainforest plants, Tasmanian devils, platypus, echidna, cockatoos, wallabies, and many other species

Situated in the far south of Tasmania at -43 degrees South latitude, it contains alpine terrain, wild rivers, and some of the very largest, tallest, and most productive of Earth’s forests. Several research projects are currently active across a range of scales and disciplines.

Warra Tall Eucalypt site was established as a Long-term Ecological Research site in 1998, and is one of Australia’s most scientifically productive. It is a hub for intensive, multi-disciplinary research to understand the fundamental ecological processes in Eucalyptus obliqua forests and the long-term effects that management has on those processes in contrast with natural disturbance.

Warra Hydrology

OverviewThe Warra Hydrology project was established in 1998. The study involves three headwater streams draining the eastern slopes of the…
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Warra Hydrology

Silvicultural Systems Trial

OverviewThe SST compares different methods for harvesting and regenerating tall wet Eucalypt forests and tracks the development of the regenerating…
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Silvicultural Systems Trial

Warra Climate Station

OverviewThe Warra Climate Station is an automatic weather station managed by the Bureau of Meteorology (Station 097024).The weather station commenced…
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Warra Climate Station

Summit to Riverside – Altitudinal Transect

OverviewTo understand the landscape patterns at Warra,  vegetation, bird, and invertebrate surveys have been conducted at 100m intervals from the…
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Summit to Riverside – Altitudinal Transect

Log Decay Study

OverviewFallen trees are an important part of the forest ecosystem that persist over long periods of time. The Log Decay…
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Log Decay Study

AusPlots – Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network

OverviewWarra is an important component and the southernmost member of a national network of study plots to monitor ecosystem changes…
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AusPlots – Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network

Wildfire Chronosequence Plots

OverviewEstablished in 2005-2007, the Wilfire Chronosequence Plots monitor the effects of stand-replacing disturbance event on forest development. They provide a…
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Wildfire Chronosequence Plots

Southern Forests Experimental Forest Landscape

OverviewThe Experimental Landscape is 33 x 32 km landscape dominated by lowland wet eucalypt forest that captures a gradient of…
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Southern Forests Experimental Forest Landscape

Supersite (Flux Tower and Core 1-hectare Plot)

OverviewAn 80-metre instrumented tower measures the rates that CO2, water and energy that go into and out of a mixed-age…
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Supersite (Flux Tower and Core 1-hectare Plot)

Warra AusCover 5 x 5 km Plot

OverviewWarra is one of 13 AusCover field sites established in Australia to provide detailed airborne imagery and ground-based measurements that…
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Warra AusCover 5 x 5 km Plot