Mobile Flux Observatory

We use a mobile flux tower in conjunction with the main flux tower (AU-Cum) to assess how heterogeneous surface characteristics within the Cumberland Plain woodland affect the carbon, water and energy fluxes of dry sclerophyll forests. The flux tower is mounted on a custom-built trailer and the mast can be extended to a height of up to 35 m, making it the tallest mobile flux tower in the southern hemisphere.


The mobile flux tower deployed within 300 m from the main flux tower in a Melaleuca dominated part of the Cumberland Plain woodland.

The canopy of the Cumberland Plain woodland around the main flux tower is dominated by two Eucalypt species (E. moluccana and E. fibrosa), and is surrounded by a relatively homogeneous patch of Melaleuca decora trees (they usually grow below the eucalypt canopy).