A new global analysis of the distribution of forests and woodlands across dryland ecosystems using TERN data has increased current estimates of global forest cover by nearly 10%. The work, just published in Science, is a direct result of TERN’s on-going collaborations with the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization through their Global Forest Survey, which uses TERN data for crucial on-ground verification of satellite-based analyses.
TERN is investing in a brave new world of biodiversity monitoring with remote sensors and artificial intelligence. Acoustic sensors at our nation-wide environmental observatories provide the infrastructure and data required by our stakeholders to monitor biodiversity at large spatial and temporal scales. Come hear their stories and the sounds they’re using to understand and conserve our ecosystems.
What’s the future of Australia’s environmental observing systems and the eResearch platforms that underpin them? How can we ensure that they continue to facilitate world-leading science and management to support informed decision-making and genuine triple bottom line benefits? Earlier this month we joined fellow NCRIS projects to reflect on such questions and discuss the future of environmental research infrastructure in Australia.
You’re invited to take part in an exciting project that’s collecting stories and anecdotes to help build a national picture of ecological change across Australia over the past 10-20 years or more. Choose an area you have known well for >10 years then take the survey and describe the types and potential causes of ecological changes you have seen there.
A newly released paper in the journal Ecology and Evolution draws together the collective insights of many of the nation’s leading ecologists to demonstrate the power of TERN’s networked ecological transect infrastructure.