Workshop puts CO2 futures under the microscope 

The Gunn Point Peninsula monitoring site is one of Australia’s oldest emissions monitoring locations.

Issues and trends surrounding the exchange of carbon, water and energy between landscapes and the atmosphere will be the focus of an upcoming workshop to be hosted at Charles Darwin University.

Coordinated by Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator, Tropical Environmental Management Program in CDU’s School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Dr Lindsay Hutley and Dr Samantha Grover, the Australian National Flux Network (Ozflux) workshop will discuss a range of topics relating to carbon dioxide dynamics and its measurement in Australian landscapes.

Dr Hutley said research from the group would help to improve understanding of how ecosystems take up or lose carbon dioxide, how vegetation uses water, what the consequences of land use change might be, and how climate change may affect ecosystems.

“The Northern Territory is home to one of the oldest emissions’ monitoring sites in Australia, located on the Gunn Point Peninsula near Darwin,” he said.

“With this year’s annual meeting to be held at CDU, major points of discussion will include how and where the network will spend $2.5 million in Commonwealth funding provided by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy  as well as our latest scientific findings.”

The OzFlux seminar will be held at CDU’s Casuarina campus on 24-26 June.

OzFlux is part of a global network of more than 150 sites where exchanges of carbon dioxide, water vapour, and energy between terrestrial ecosystems and atmosphere are measured continuously over long periods.