An olfactory response to wafts observed surrounding an International Drought Experiment.
Participants explored the smells surrounding an experment set-up onsite. The SERF on-site International Drought Experiment (IDE) was installed in 2019 and "forms a part of a larger global experimental network - DroughtNet – which aims to assess ecosystem sensitivity to drought. Through the IDE, common research protocols, measurements and methods are used to assess the impact of drought on different ecosystems. SERF is just one site among many distributed across the world. To conduct the experiment, we have installed a system of understory troughs that collect and divert rainfall from two experimental plots. This will simulate drought conditions in the plot area. Over the coming years, we will measure a range of soil and vegetation characteristics to examine how the forest responds to this simulated prolonged drought." (https://cms.qut.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0014/1002524/serf_ar_2019.pdf)