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Monash Land Ecosystem Atmosphere Program (LEAP) - Whroo Flux Tower site

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Project Overview

The Whroo flux station is located approximately 45km south west of Shepparton, Victoria: 36 40' 22.98"S, 145 1' 34.37"E.

It was established in October 2011 and is managed by Monash University.

The flux tower site is classified as box woodland. Elevation of the site is close to 165 m and mean annual precipitation from a nearby Bureau of Meteorology site measured 558 mm. Maximum temperatures ranged from 29.8 deg C (in January) to 12.6 deg C (in July), while minimum temperatures ranged from 14.2 deg C (in February) to 3.2 deg C (in July). Maximum temperatures varied on a seasonal basis by approximately 17.2 deg C and minimum temperatures by 11.0 deg C.

The instrument mast was 35m tall. Heat, water vapour and carbon dioxide measurements are taken using the open-path eddy flux technique. Temperature, humidity, wind speed, wind direction, rainfall, incoming and reflected shortwave radiation and net radiation were measured above the canopy. Soil heat fluxes were measured and soil moisture content was gathered using time domain reflectometry.

Further Information


This project was funded from 2004 to 2006 from the Australian Research Council under project number DP0451247. This site is produced by the Climate Group, School of Geography and Environmental Science and proudly part of the Australian Flux Network (OzFlux) and the Australian NCRIS Terrestral Ecosystem Research Network (TERN).

Whroo flux tower data

Whroo flux tower data

Whroo flux tower data

Whroo flux tower data

Whroo flux tower data

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Whroo MODIS data

The data was obtained from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center for Biogeochemical Dynamics (ORNL DAAC) ( The ORNL DAAC provides MODIS Land Product Subsets for model validation, site characterisation and remote-sensing purposes.

Daily updated data was obtained from this provider, with an area of 3x3km extracted using Python script written by Mr. Darien Pardinas-Diaz ( The plots were produced using QC Filter Conditions 000 and 001. Condition 000 represents the highest QC Filter possible and 001 represents a reliable and usable QC Filter, though not to the standard of 000.

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