January February March April May June July August September October November December Annual Total mm 2017 23.2 6.2 1.2 45.8 18.4 2 7.2 32.8 3.8 10.6 32.8 39 223 2018 7.6 3.2 1.6 2.8 12 24.4 9 24.8 2.8 While sitting, I was thinking about rain. Back at our Calperum site in the Mallee near […]
Photo by Nina Williams, Perth. There is 1-3 mm rain forecast Sunday 27th May and Tuesday 29th May 2018.
Field trip to Calperum 3 October 2017 The OzFlux tower was divested of its crows nest so that I could stand on the platform and clean the instruments. We replaced the SD cards in the 2 phenocameras that take hourly images of the ground and vegetation during daylight hours. With only 2.5mm of rain in […]
We visited the site on 22 August and were surprised to see the crows are back. They have built their nest on the platform that we use to stand on while checking and servicing the instruments at the top of the tower. Fortunately, the birds do not appear to cause any interference with the instruments […]
The national meeting of researchers from OzFlux sites, OzFlux 2016, was held at the Calperum site. Visitors were able to see the instrumentation and how the surrounding vegetation is steadily recovering since the bushfire of January 2014.
Thanks to a team of NAB employees, facilitated by EarthWatch and Peter Cale from ALT Calperum, a week long programme compared burnt and unburnt sites. We are interested in the recovery after fire and employees enjoyed helping to survey for seedlings, birds, fauna and insects. They watched drones, and helped with collection of mallee tree […]
It has been a busy three months restoring the tower instruments. Now we are tracking the regrowth. Pictures show the vegetation after the fire and an emerging Mallee seedling in the foreground.
Following the fire on the 17th of January, 2014, Wayne Meyer and Georgia Koerber repaired the burnt instruments. Grant Whiteman and Peter Cale at Calperum station have been a great help; http://www.austlandscapetrust.org.au/projects/riverland/calperum-taylorville.aspx After replacing wind sentrie’s at 2 and 10 metres, a humidity metre also at 10 metres, and the solar panel they were able to get the tower going again! […]