The Centre's first-round projects on landscape ecology helped to
clarify how the landscapes of the tropical savannas functioned.
- Landscape Health Indicators.
This project has shown how to detect landscape change and
condition by integrating ground-based indicators with remote
- Modelling Landscape Change.
It is now possible to use computers to simulate the interaction of
elements like fire and grazing, soil and plant properties and
rainfall so that the resulting impact on landscapes can be
predicted. These computer models can then be linked to economic and
- Savanna Form and Function.
This project determined the responses of key ecosystem features
such as vegetation characteristics to variation in moisture, soil
texture and disturbance. The framework used was a continental-scale
transect through the savannas of north-western Australia: the North
Australian Tropical Transect (NATT).
- Tropical Woodlands.
This project was inspired by the widespread perception that
uncleared woodlands are 'thickening up' in tropical Australia. It
developed techniques for using aerial photography to investigate
- Vegetation Map.
This project produced the first seamless 1:1million and 1:2million
scale map of vegetation across the tropical savannas.
Click on the project descriptions at left to find out more.