CSIRO Permanent Rainforest Plots of North Queensland

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CSIRO Permanent Rainforest Plots of North Queensland

We present repeated stem measurement data from 20, 0.5 ha (100 m x 50 m) permanent rainforest plots in northern Queensland, Australia from 1971 to 2013. The plots have a rainfall range of 1200 to 3500 mm, represent eleven vegetation types, six parent materials, and range from 15 m to 1200 m above sea level. Except for minor disturbances associated... more

Terrestrial Ecology

01 Jun 1971

31 Dec 2013

CSIRO Enquiries
1300 363 400

permanent plot Wet Tropics fire soil rainforest cyclone mortality recruitment growth rate


Graham, A. W. (ed.) (2006) The CSIRO Rainforest Permanent Plots of North Queensland – Site, Structural, Floristic and Edaphic Descriptions. CSIRO and the Cooperative Research Centre for Tropical Rainforest Ecology and Management. Rainforest CRC, Cairns (252pp.).


Bradford, M. G., Murphy, H. T., Ford, A. J., Hogan, D. L. and Metcalfe, D. J. (2014), Long-term stem inventory data from tropical rain forest plots in Australia. Ecology, 95: 2362. doi:10.1890/14-0458R.1


Original data paper in Ecological Archives (figshare)



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CSIRO (Australia), Rainforest CRC (Australia), Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) (Australia)

Bradford, Matt; Murphy, Helen; Ford, Andrew; Hogan, Dominic; Metcalfe, Dan (2014): CSIRO Permanent Rainforest Plots of North Queensland. v3. CSIRO. Data Collection.

All Rights (including copyright) CSIRO 2014.

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Location Details

12°41′60″ S

21°30′0″ S

149°5′60″ E

143°18′0″ E


About this Project

1173.2 TERN (ANU): Permanent Plots

Twenty 0.5 ha permanently reserved plots were set up in primary rain forest between 1971-80. Sites chosen encompassed a range of forest types and soil parent materials, and included both lowland and upland sites between the Seaview Range (north-west of Ingham) and the Iron Range (northwest of Lockhart River, Cape York).

Dan Metcalfe

CSIRO Rainforest Permanent Plots of North Queensland

Long-term ecological and growth data from twenty research plots established in the rainforests of northeastern Australia.


Matt Bradford

Helen Murphy

Andrew Ford

Dominic Hogan

Dan Metcalfe

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