Several of us were out in the field recently at Kalbilli with Luke Peel - The Mulloon Institute's Research Coorindator - to learn about Landscape Function Analysis.
LFA is a monitoring system to help assess how well an ecosystem is working as a biogeochemical system. It is conducted along a downslope transect at periodic intervals to see if and how the landscape is changing.
First we looked at overall features such as grass swards, inter-patches and erosion, before getting up close and personal with the soil surface itself to assess features such as perennial vegetation cover, soil surface roughness and physical crust brokeness.
Thanks for the lesson Luke!