Icon Projects

Long Term Flagship Research

Since Warra was established more than 200 research projects have been undertaken at the site. Several of those projects were designed with the specific intent of continuing remeasurement in the long term (more than 15 years). These projects are designated as “Icon” projects, and each has it’s own dedicated web space:

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

A Long Term Investment

Icon Projects represent the main investment in long-term research done at Warra. These projects have been established to permit their ongoing measurement in permanently located plots or permanently installed and maintained instrumentation that make measurements on an ongoing basis.

Data collected is well-curated with accompanying meta-data and stored in publicly-accessible repositories. Biological specimens collected are stored in major collections managed by the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (including the Tasmanian Herbarium).

Icon Projects provide the research platform that supports many other short-term studies, particularly studies done by under-graduate and post-graduate students at universities.

National and Regional Significance

Since the creation of Warra in 1995 eleven Icon Projects have been established. The seven Icon Projects established before 2010 were largely to address research questions relevant to the local area. The creation of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) in 2009 provided a national facility to underpin the monitoring of Australia’s terrestrial ecosystems.

Warra is a member site of four of TERN facilities – OzFlux, Australian Supersites Network, AusCover Field Site and the AusPlots Forest network. These facilities have been established to address national and international research priorities and questions.