The Energy Balance of Contrasting Vegetation Types on a Subtropical Sand Island
In subtropical coastal environments little is known about the nature of surface-atmosphere interactions and the transfer of mass and energy in the lower atmosphere. This project will contribute towards filling this knowledge gap by using the eddy covariance methodology to provide concurrent measurements of three contrasting groundwater dependent vegetation types on Bribie Island, a subtropical sand island off the coast of South East Queensland, Australia. Quantification of the energy balance will provide new insight into the relationship between coastal subtropical vegetation and background meteorological conditions, for example, the vegetative response to different air mass characteristics.
Funding: APA (Australian Postgraduate Award), Australian Research Council/National Water Commission, National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training
Advisors: Prof Hamish McGowan, Prof David Lockington