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The role of open woodland in mitigating microclimatic extremes in agricultural landscapes


Baker, T and Marais, ZE and Davidson, NJ and Worledge, D and Mendham, DS, The role of open woodland in mitigating microclimatic extremes in agricultural landscapes, Ecological Management & Restoration, 22, (S2) pp. 118-126. ISSN 1839-3330 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/emr.12466


The retention of native woodland remnants in agricultural landscapes provides a range of benefits, many of which are linked to the ameliorative effects of trees on local microclimatic conditions. We monitored the reduction in wind speed and extreme temperatures that occurred in and around two native eucalypt woodland remnants in the Tasmanian Midlands and discuss the role of woodland remnants in providing both agricultural and environmental benefits. Monitoring wind speed, temperature and relative humidity every 30 min for over a year showed that an average wind speed reduction of 50% occurred within the woodland remnants as well as higher minimum temperatures by up to 0.5 C. The structural characteristics of the woodland remnants mediated the effects observed, with a 50% reduction in wind speed occurring when there was the equivalent of 20 large trees blocking the wind. This demonstrates that areas with low numbers of trees per hectare can have significant impacts on microclimatic conditions. The microclimatic changes observed will likely benefit agricultural productivity, farm aesthetics and ecological processes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:agricultural benefits, ecosystem serivces, eucalypts, microclimatic, remnant woodland, temperature, wind speed
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Agriculture, land and farm management
Research Field:Agricultural land management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Air quality, atmosphere and weather
Objective Field:Air quality, atmosphere and weather not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Baker, T (Dr Thomas Baker)
UTAS Author:Marais, ZE (Ms Zara Marais)
UTAS Author:Davidson, NJ (Dr Neil Davidson)
UTAS Author:Mendham, DS (Mr Daniel Mendham)
ID Code:148934
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Plant Science
Deposited On:2022-02-23
Last Modified:2022-04-21

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