Plantation forest water use in southwest Victoria
This project quantified water use in four Tasmanian blue-gum (Eucalyptus globulus) and two radiata pine (Pinus radiata) plantations for 3 years using advanced tree and soil-based measurements. The results improved the understanding and prediction of the regional effects of plantations on water yields through a refinement of water balance models currently being applied within the region. The three models tested were the SoilFlux model, the 3PG+ forest growth model, and CSIRO’s CABALA plantation growth and water use model. The project also assessed the effectiveness of block plantings of trees on recharge reduction for salinity control.