Monitoring Sites - French Island

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The purpose of the French Island flux station is:

  • to study the ecophysiological processes and rates of C accumulation of an ecologically important coastal wetland community.

  • to measure the exchanges of carbon dioxide, water vapour, methane and energy between the saltmarsh/wetland and the atmosphere using micrometeorological techniques.

  • to develop new data analysis and interpretation methods for micrometeorology in complex terrain. This work will contribute significantly to the discipline of micrometeorology since temperate coastal wetlands are rarely studied using this method. In particular coastal saltmarshes and wetlands in the Australian context.

  • to utilise the ecophysiological and micrometeorological measurements to test models of plant and canopy function, such as the acclimation of photosynthetic capacity to temperature variations with season and the response of stomata to tidal inundation.

  • to utilise the measurements in combination with remote sensing data and land surface models to upscale estimate the net exchanges of carbon, methane and water at the regional scale for temperate coastal wetland environments.

Modified: 7/10/21