Annual TERN OzFlux Meeting 2017

Event Name Annual TERN OzFlux Meeting 2017
Start Date 6th Nov 2017 10:00am
End Date 15th Nov 2017 3:00pm
Duration 9 days and 5 hours
Join us this November for the Annual TERN OzFlux Meeting 2017 and leverage your skills in environmental monitoring, analysis and technology

OzFlux Meeting

About The TERN OzFlux Meeting 2017

The Annual TERN OzFlux Meeting brings the flux community together every year to learn the latest in environmental monitoring and scientific techniques.

Please join us in 2017 at the beautiful Hawkesbury campus of Western Sydney University, home to the Cumberland Plains Observatory and unique field facilities.

Our program this year spans nearly ten days, enabling you to choose the events that most appeal to you.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Institute.


Dr Anne Griebel and Prof Elise Pendall

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment


There is no cost to register.

General Program

With four separate events running during the Annual TERN OzFlux Meeting 2017, there is something for everyone:

Monday 6th Nov to Friday 10th November Data Processing Workshop Learn more about processing and analysis of eddy covariance.
Hands-on practice in running Python scripts for gap-filling and flux partitioning of your sites' data.
Sunday 12th November Field trip to Cumberland Plains Supersite Home to the Cumberland Plain Observatory, this field trip will take you through the unique remnant woodlands of the Cumberland Plains Forest, and demonstrate the applied nature of environmental monitoring.
Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th November OzFlux Conference Join us for the main event - the annual OzFlux Conference.
Oral and poster sessions are available.
Wednesday 15th November TERN-Supersites Meeting The TERN Supersites PI's face-to-face meeting.

Conference Program - Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th November 2017

Venue: R6 Conference Room.

Download the PDF program for details on how to locate Conference Room R6 (PDF, 900.82 KB).(opens in a new window)

Monday Nov 13

8:30-9AM   Registration, coffee, tea
9-9:10 Elise Pendall Welcome & housekeeping

OzFlux Accomplishments

9:10-9:30 Suzanne Prober & James Cleverly OzFlux Overview & Outputs
9:30-9:50 Peter Isaac OzFlux: A global perspective
9:50-10:10 Ian McHugh General considerations on the importance of storage
10:10-10:30 James Cleverly Insights into forest mortality and management of agricultural ecosystems via wavelet-based statistical inference
10:30-11am BREAK Coffee/tea

Ecohydrology and Ecology

11-11:20 Stefan Arndt Plasticity of drought tolerance in eucalypts
11:20-11:40 Anne Griebel Mistletoe infection alters the transpiration flow path and suppresses water regulation of host trees during extreme events
11:40-12:00 Sam Grover Evapotranspiration in Alpine Sphagnum peatlands
12:00-12:20 Rachel Nolan Contrasting ecophysiology of co-occurring species at the Ti-Tree East OzFlux site and nearby riparian woodland
12:20-12:40 Renee Prokopavicius Productivity of an Australian mountain grassland is limited by temperature and dryness despite long growing seasons
12:40-13:30 BREAK LUNCH

Ecology at TERN SuperSites

13:30-13:50 Jason Beringer A bit of everything!
14:10-14:30 Lindsay Hutley Chasing the savanna C sink – fire, growth, soil and other pathway
13:50-14:10 Mike Liddell FNQ Tropical Rainforest: The Sum of the Parts.
14:30-14:50 Nina Hinko-Najera Tree stem growth and climate relationships
14:50-15:10 Tim Wardlaw A latitudinal gradient of declining productivity with warming temperatures in tall, wet eucalypt forests
15:10-15:30 BREAK  

Remote Sensing and Scaling

15:30-15:50 Will Woodgate Remotely measuring light use efficiency: linking leaf-level photosynthetic processes to reflectance in a mature Eucalypt canopy
15:50-16:10 George Burba Utilizing Modern Flux Towers and Networks for Remote Sensing and Modelling
16:10-16:30 Craig MacFarlane A Half-Gaussian Fitting Method for Estimating Fractional Vegetation Cover (HAGFVC) Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Images
16:30-16:50 Xihua Yang Remote sensing of evapotranspiration and case studies on groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDE)
17:00 - 18:30 REFRESHMENTS  

Tuesday Nov 14

Time Speaker Title
8:30-9.00AM   Coffee/Tea
9-9:10 Anne Griebel Announcements

Modelling and Integration

9:10-9:30 Miko Kirschbaum Important omissions in the quantification of the global carbon cycle
9:30-9:50 Ben Fest Is all blue carbon blue?
9:50-10:10 Belinda Medlyn Water use efficiency from leaf to ecosystem
10:10-10:30 Vanessa Haverd A new ecophysiological version of the CABLE land surface model
10:30-11am Ning Liu Projecting water yield and ecosystem productivity from climate change across the Australian continent
11-11:20 Jim Yang Modelling stomatal responses at high vapour pressure deficit—a case study in Cumberland Plain Woodland
11:20-11:40 BREAK  

Trace Gas Fluxes and Soil Processes

11:40-12:00 Dave Campbell Insights into N2O and CH4 fluxes from a NZ dairy farm using a QCL-based eddy covariance system
12:00-12:20 Philip Nauer Termite mounds are biofilters for methane
12:20-12:40 Johannes Laubach Carbon and greenhouse-gas budgets of intensive dairy farming with irrigation
12:40-13:30 BREAK LUNCH
13:30-13:50 George Burba Mapping CH4: Fast Open-Path Technology for Research and Regulatory Measurements
13:50-14:10 Richard Silberstein Soil moisture dynamics, evaporation and flux
14:10-14:30 Elise Pendall Overview of soil studies at Cumberland Plain SuperSite
14:30-14:50 Alexis Renchon Lessons from simultaneous measurements of soil respiration and net ecosystem exchange of CO2 in warm-temperate forests
14:50-15:10 S. Guru OzFlux Data
15:10-15:30 BREAK  
15:30-17:30 Suzanne Prober OzFlux PI Meeting

Venue and Transportation

Held at Western Sydney University's Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, with close access to Sydney's motorway network and train stations direct from the CBD to East Richmond, you'll find it easy and convenient to attend.

Paid parking applies at a rate of $7.00 per day payable at parking station machines.

Visit Transport Info NSW (opens in a new window) for travel options.

There is a University shuttle bus that runs on a circuit between East Richmond Station, central Richmond, Richmond Station and back to campus. Access at bus stops near the LIbrary (Science Drive) or near Security (Vines Drive).

Food and Drink

Your conference registration includes morning teas, lunches and afternoon teas on workshop and conference days. For additional food options, there are three cafes on campus - L2 Cafe, Jamaica Blue and the Library Cafe. We recommend L2 Cafe for a good range of affordable food options and Jamaica Blue for more premium food and coffee.


We highly recommend staying on campus so that you can be close to the action! We have reserved some accommodation on campus and these are close to the conference venues.

Download an information flier on the campus cottages and villas (PDF, 527.32 KB)


The campus has 3 x 3-bedroom fully furnished cottages on campus available to staff and visitors. The rate is $550 per week, and additional days can also be booked individually. Please note the cottages have to be booked as a whole so it is best to team up before placing a booking.

To book, please phone Real Estate Agents Lang And Simmons at Quakers Hill on 02 9626 1555 - please ask for Lyndall.

Please note: our reservation of the cottages expires on 1st October 2017 so you must place your booking before this date.

Campus Village (Villas)

The University also has a number of villas available for this event that can be booked as a group or individually as a single room.

To book a villa either as a group or individually, each participant needs to fill out the Campus Village Booking Form (PDF, 285.47 KB) (opens in a new window) and put "Oz Flux" as the reference on the form (under the line 'What Is Your Reason For Staying?'), then send the form to

Please note: our reservation of the villas expires on 1st October 2017 so you must place your booking before this date.

For more information, please visit the Campus Village (student accommodation)(opens in a new window).

Local Hotels

If on-campus options are not suitable, we suggest the following local hotel options:

Contacts and Enquiries

For more information, please contact your meeting hosts Dr Anne Griebel (email: or phone 02 4570 1668) or Prof Elise Pendall (email: or phone 02 4570 1673).


There is no cost to register.