Tierberg Karoo Research Station - South Africa

Basic Information
Site Name
Tierberg Karoo Research Station
Short name
TKRS
Country
South Africa
Operating Organisation
Keywords
animals
biodiversity
Biomass above-ground
plants
Site Description
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.
Last modified
2020-06-29 10:06:12
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
Site Status
Operational
Year Established
1987
Purpose
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.
History
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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Geographic
Size
100.00ha
Elevation (average)
780.00msl
Elevation (min)
780.00msl
Elevation (max)
780.00msl
Affiliation and Network Specific Information
Affiliation
ILTERThis site is a verified "ILTER" member.
SAEON (LTER-SAF-ZA-12)This site is a verified "SAEON" member.
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