Many national and international approaches were reviewed during the development phase, and the field and airborne data collection approaches and protocols developed have been based on their suitability and adaptability to different Australian environments, while still upholding national and international standards. The data collection approaches used are presented in the TERN AusCover Good Practice Guidelines.



Map of Australia showing the location of field and airborne campaign sites carried out by TERN AusCover since January 2011.

Site name Site location Date(s) Environment Site Photo
Tumbarumba South eastern New South Wales, 100 km south west of Canberra 10-14 Jan 2011 Temperate wet sclerophyll eucalypt forest with average tree height of 40 m. Eucalyptus delegatensis is the dominant species. See also Tumbarumba
Chowilla (Calperum Mallee) North of the River Murray floodplains near Renmark, South Australia 30 Jan – 3 Feb 2012 Semi-arid mallee ecosystem in dune and swale system covered with an open mallee woodland upper story with a chenopod and native grass understory. See also   Chowilla
Watts Creek 70 km east of Melbourne, Victoria 5-9 Mar, 13-20 Apr, 1-3, 7 May and 9-16 Sep 2012 Open forest with a eucalypt over storey greater than 40 m in height consisting mainly of mountain ash.  Watts Creek
Rushworth Forest 120 km north of Melbourne, Victoria 15 Apr, 3-6 May, 31 May and 6 Jun 2012 Open forest of red iron bark, red stringybark, red box, long leaf box and grey box. Rushworth Forest
Zig Zag Creek Eastern Victoria 300 km east of Melbourne, Victoria 16-20 Apr 2012 Dominated by shrubby dry forest and damp forest on the upland slopes, wet forest ecosystems restricted to the higher altitudes and grassy woodlands. Grassy dry forest ecosystems are associated with river valleys. Zig Zag Creek
Credo (Great Western Woodlands) Great Western Woodland 500 km north west of Perth, Western Australia 12-18 May 2012 Open woodland inter-dispersed with open, treeless areas. The main vegetation species are Salmon Gums reaching up to 20 m and Gimlet between 5-10 m, both with little understory. Salt bush and similar shrubs are also prevalent. See also Credo
Robson Creek Lamb Range in the Wet Tropics World Heritage area 25 km south west of Cairns, Queensland 9-16 Sep 2012 Upland rainforest region at 700 m elevation. Notophyll vine forest with a tall canopy at around 40 m and high species diversity. See also Robson Creek
South East Queensland Multiple sites in South East Queensland, located in the Samford Valley, Karawatha Forest, and two mangrove sites near Brisbane Airport. 21 Jan 2013 – 6 Feb 2013

Samford site: on an improved (Paspalum dilatum) pasture with tall eucalypt species.

Karawatha Forest: bushland with tall eucalypt species and patches of heatlands and Melaleuca swamps.

Mangrove sites: Within Moreton Bay with Avicennia marina being the dominant mangrove.

See also

Litchfield 80 km south of Darwin, Northern Territory 27 May – 2 Jun 2013 Savanna, eucalypt open forests, dominated by Eucalyptus miniata and Eucalyptus tetrodonta. See also Litchfield


Alice Mulga 165 km north-northwest of Alice Springs, Northern Territory Not visited yet, but airborne LiDAR collected Mulga (Acacia aneura) canopy, which is 6.5m tall on average. See also Alice Mulga
Warra 60 km east-southeast of Hobart, Tasmania 2-6 Feb 2015 2-6 Feb 2015 Homogenous tall, wet Eucalyptus obliqua forest with wet sclerophyll and rainforest understorey. See also Warra
Injune 170 km northwest of Roma, central southeast Queensland 17-22 Aug 2015 Low open woodland and open forest ecosystem. Forests with Eucalyptus species dominate in the more productive soils, occurs on the poorer sandy soils, and Brigalow occurs on clay soils. Iron barks are frequent within the open forests. See also Injune
Fowler’s Gap 110 km north of Broken Hill, NSW 12-15 Sept 2016 Arid rangelands ecosystem within a long term ecological monitoring research station. See also Fowler's Gap
Land Cover Dynamics & Phenology
Field Survey Datasets
Vegetation Composition & Diversity
Fire Dynamics & Impacts
Other Environmental Data
Corrected Surface Reflectance Products
Airborne Datasets
Vegetation Structural Properties & Biomass

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