Mitchell Grass Rangeland SuperSite is situated near Longreach in western Queensland in the Mitchell Grass Downs IBRA bioregion, that covers approximately 47 M ha (14% of Queensland and 6% of Australia). The mean annual precipitation is 444 mm. The nearest Bureau of Meteorology station (Longreach Aero 036031) is approximately 10 km away. The black vertosol soil supports sheep and beef cattle grazing in the area. The SuperSite is located at the Longreach Pastoral College (previously the Queensland Department of Primary Industries Rosebank Research Station) with a history of CSIRO research sites in the area.

The TERN SuperSite and OzFlux infrastructure will be established during 2018.

ⒸState of Queensland 2014

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Mean Annual Precipitation (BOM station 036031)

Some of the research activity at this SuperSite will focus on the influence of long-term stocking densities on NPP, C exchange and evapotranspiration from the Mitchell grasslands.

TERN OzFlux at the Mitchell Grass Rangeland SuperSite

An eddy-covariance flux tower will be installed by mid-2018. 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 will be available from the OzFlux data portal

TERN AusPlots at the Mitchell Grass Rangelands SuperSite

There are TERN AusPlots established in the IBRA Mitchell Grass Downs region. AusPlots site data is available in the TERN ÆKOS data repository.

IBRA Mitchell Grass Downs (Central Downs)

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0001

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0002

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0003

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0004

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0005

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0006

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0007

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0008

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0013

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0014

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0015

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0016

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0017

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0018

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0019

IBRA Mitchell Grass Downs (Southern Wooded Downs)

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0009

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0010

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0011

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0012

IBRA Mitchell Grass Downs (Southwestern Downs)

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0023

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0024

IBRA Mitchell Grass Downs (Kynuna Plateau)

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0020

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0021

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0022

IBRA Mitchell Grass Downs (Barkly Tableland)

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0027

AusPlots Rangelands ID: QDAMGD0028

Facilities for Researchers and Educational Visitors

The Mitchell Grass Rangeland SuperSite is located at the Longreach Pastoral College, a short distance from the township of Longreach where there are a range of accommodation options available.

Participants