By Allison Hewitt
Established deliberately at the hotter and drier end of the Sydney climate spectrum, the Hawkesbury Campus Living Lab yields data on how commonly planted street trees and shrubs are coping under warmer temperatures including last summer’s heatwave conditions.
New data collection by Dr Manuel Esperon-Rodriguez of Western Sydney University has employed methods to measure responses to heatwaves and drought during the hot summer period.
At this site, researchers are conducting a detailed assessment of species’ performance under harsh climate conditions. By measuring different growth and physiological responses and functional traits, this site will provide information on how species respond, adapt and survive heatwaves and drought events.
Additionally, the living lab will provide information in regards to how different cooling benefits provided by the species influence insect biodiversity.