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We acknowledge the Dharug people as the traditional owners of the Cumberland Plain. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

TERN Flux Tower

A monitoring system to quantify the exchanges of water, carbon and energy of a Cumberland Plain native woodland ecosystem. 


The DRIGrass facility investigates the impacts of changes in the frequency and size of rainfall events on a mesic grassland, and the role of root herbivory as a modifier of plant and ecosystem responses.


 “Pastures and Climate Extreme” (PACE) gains insights into the outcomes and performance of grass and legume pasture systems as Australia’s climate becomes warmer.

Pasture Flux Tower

Quantifying the exchanges of water, carbon and energy of a managed grassland ecosystem. 

Whole Tree Chambers

In the twelve Whole Tree Chambers researchers can manipulate the environment around a tree including air temperature, soil moisture, irrigation, CO2 levels .

Building R2, Room G.67
Western Sydney University
Hawkesbury Campus
Bourke Street, Richmond
2753 NSW Australia

Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE)
Western Sydney University
Locked Bag 1797
Penrith 2751 NSW Australia

Phone (international): +61 2 4570 1335
Phone (national): 02 4570 1335

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