Tierberg Karoo Research Station - South Africa
Tierberg Karoo Research Station
Tierberg Karoo Research Station (TKRS) is a Long Term Ecological Research field facility available for use by organisations involved in research and tertiary education in the natural sciences. The field site comprises 100 ha of natural Karoo shrubland situated in the Karoo Biome. The field site has been fenced to exclude domestic livestock since July 1987. Studies of plant, bird and small mammal populations at this site have contributed substantially to present conceptual understanding of ecological process in the Karoo and provide valuable baselines for research.
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
The site was established as the Karoo Biome Project in order to gather baseline information about the ecological characteristics and ecological problems of the Karoo Biome. Key questions on adaptive physiology, behaviour, and reproductive biology of selected species and growth forms were investigated in relation to various climatic and defoliation regimes. Weather data (rainfall, temperature, wind speed) were collected by data logger from 1988-1993 and from 2006 until present.
TKRC field site was leased, first by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research when it was the focus of the NRF-funded (then Foundation for Research Development) Karoo Biome Project
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