The impact of TERN’s collaborative, multi-scale, and national approach to ecosystem science is once more on show with the release of a new National Biomass Library, National Biomass Map, and landmark high-resolution map products of woody vegetation height and cover, via TERN AusCover. These products result from a combination of national and international collaborations, drawing field and satellite data from across TERN’s network, to deliver more accurate and finer resolution information on the state of Australia’s information, as a game-changing platform that can assist research, management, policy, restoration and sustainable use of Australian ecosystems.
In March TERN hosted three days of collaborative meetings with leaders of analogous ecosystem observing networks from around the world. These landmark meetings provided the opportunity to discuss strengthening existing linkages, fostering global collaboration, and taking the next steps in creating an ecosystem observatory at a global scale.
The 2016 Tasmanian bushfires were described as the worst crisis in decades for world heritage forests. We talk to a researcher who’s using data collected at TERN’s forest research plots to improve bushfire behaviour models and help better manage future fire crises in Tasmania and in other forest environments around Australia.
This quarter’s newsletter looks at how TERN’s ecosystem data infrastructure is delivering efficiency gains, increasing effectiveness and increasing integration across disciplines for Australian and international scientists and managers. TERN’s infrastructure is catalysing better returns on investment in ecosystem science for Australia.
Would you like to have a say in shaping the future activities of TERN AusCover? AusCover is currently seeking feedback from its users, to help it identify priorities for the future to ensure it meets your needs. If you'd like to contribute to this process, please take their short (5-10 minute) survey, which is open until 30 April.
Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy(NCRIS).