Journal article

Edge microclimate of temperate woodlands as affected by adjoining land use

Thomas E Wright, Sabine Kasel, Michael Tausz, Lauren T Bennett



While edge microclimates are well described for closed forests, they remain under-examined in more sparse vegetation types like the temperate woodlands of south-eastern Australia. This limits predictions of edge effects on remnant vegetation in cleared agricultural landscapes, and of changes in these effects with reforestation. Using fixed and roving weather stations, we examined influences on temperate woodland microclimate of adjoining land use (agriculture versus tree plantation), distance from edge (0-150m), and woodland structural attributes (canopy openness, stem density and basal area). Shading by plantations significantly decreased temperatures and vapour pressure deficit (VPD) at wo..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The statistical expertise of Ms Marnie Collins from the Statistical Consultancy Centre at the University of Melbourne is greatly appreciated. The design of this study benefited from the experience of Dr Steven Livesley from the Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science at the University of Melbourne. Richard Hill of the Department of Sustainability and Environment and Dr Paul Koch of Greening Australia were invaluable in finding study sites. This research was funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Forestry and The University of Melbourne (Melbourne Research Scholarship).