Digital Cover Photography (DCP) upward-looking images are collected to capture vegetation cover within the core hectare at the Litchfield Savanna SuperSite. These images can be used to estimate Leaf area index (LAI), Crown Cover or Foliage Projective Cover (FPC).
The Litchfield Savanna SuperSite was established in 2013 in Litchfield National Park. Site selection was influenced by the history of long-term monitoring work undertaken in this area by the Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research (formerly Bushfires NT). The core 1ha plot is dominated by Eucalyptus miniata. The site is representative of the dominant ecosystem type across northern Australia: frequently burnt tropical savanna in high rainfall areas. For additional site information, see https://www.tern.org.au/tern-observatory/tern-ecosystem-processes/litchfield-savanna-supersite/ .
Photopoints are also collected at the site.
We at TERN acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians throughout Australia, New Zealand and all nations. We honour their profound connections to land, water, biodiversity and culture and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Stakeholders of the Litchfield Savanna SuperSite include: Charles Darwin University, Maitec (Stefan Maier), CSIRO (Shaun Levick), OzFlux, TERN, Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research, and NT Government’s Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport (NRETAS) and the University of Western Australia. The SuperSite is managed by Charles Darwin University.
SuperSites Vegetation Monitoring Protocol: