Gingin Banksia Woodland SuperSite is located on the Swan Coastal Plain, approximately 10 km southwest of Gingin, near Perth, Western Australia, sited on land traditionally owned by the Yued group of the Noongar people.
The Gingin Banksia Woodland SuperSite is located in a natural woodland of high species diversity (overstorey dominated by Banksia spp.) that overlays the Gnangara groundwater mound, Perth’s most important groundwater resource. The mean annual precipitation is 641mm for this coastal heath woodland.
The Swan Coastal Plain bioregion consists of five main geomorphic entities that are roughly located parallel to the coastline including three coastal sand dune systems with ages increasing inland from the coast.
Banksia Woodlands is restricted to the Swan Coastal Plain IBRA bioregion and immediately adjacent areas, including the Dandaragan plateau. Vegetation consists of a prominent tree layer of Banksia with scattered eucalypts and other tree species present within or emerging above the Banksia canopy, and a diverse understorey including sclerophyllous shrubs, graminoids and forbs.
The Gingin SuperSite is collocated with the Land Ecosystem Atmosphere Program (LEAP) - Gingin.
TERN OzFlux at the Gingin Banksia Woodland SuperSite
An eddy-covariance flux tower has been installed on this site since 2011. TERN OzFlux will maintain the flux tower instrumentation that continuously measures exchanges of carbon dioxide, water vapour and energy between the terrestrial ecosystem and atmosphere.
Flux data is available from the OzFlux data portal and FLUXNET (Fluxnet Site Code: AU-Gin)..
TERN AusPlots at the Gingin Banksia Woodland SuperSite
There are TERN AusPlots established in the IBRA Swan Coast Plain region. AusPlots site data is available in the TERN ÆKOS data repository.
- AusPlots Rangelands ID: WAASWA0001
- AusPlots Rangelands ID: WAASWA0002
- AusPlots Rangelands ID: WAASWA0003
Data can be accessed from TERN's AEKOS Data Portal using "AusPlots" as a search term. Selecting AusPlots Rangelands Survey Program and searching for "WAGCOO0004" using the "Refinements" window on the left of screen.
CosmOz Soil Moisture Sensor - Gingin
Continuous soil-moisture measurements are collected by cosmic ray soil moisture sensors at the Gingin Banksia Woodland SuperSite. These sensors are operated by CSIRO and the Australian CosmOz network which is aligned with the international COSMOS (Cosmic-ray Soil Moisture Observing System) network. These sensors detect fast neutrons released when water interacts with cosmic rays originating from outer space and provide average soil moisture over an area of about 30 ha to a depth of up to 40cm. Each system comprises a data logger, neutron detector, tipping bucket rain gauge and three surface moisture probes with data logged every 60 minutes. CosmOz data can be accessed from the CSIRO data portal.
Facilities for Researchers and Educational Visitors
There are a wide range of accommodation options available for researchers visiting the Gingin Banksia Woodland SuperSite between the small town of Gingin (10 km away) and the Perth city centre (67 km from Gingin).