Possum Cam

Spring 2016

Persistence pays as a striped possum with baby moves into a nesting box five years after collaborative monitoring infrastructure was installed at the Daintree Rainforest Observatory.


Simile, forests, you're on camera

Winter 2016

TERN’s national vegetation surveillance infrastructure and data is helping researchers monitor vegetation and better understand how climate change will affect ecosystems around the world.


TERN partners with Earthwatch to launch new citizen science trail

Are you a citizen scientist interested in documenting what’s happening in your local environment under a changing climate? Grab your smart phone and take a walk along a new joint TERN and ClimateWatch trail in North Queensland and become part of a national environmental monitoring program.

Australian SuperSite Network





The Australian SuperSite Network (ASN) is a national network of multidisciplinary ecosystem observatories. The ASN includes ten SuperSites that each represent a significant Australian biome. The network covers all States and Territories and spans a wide range of environmental conditions.

Each SuperSite hosts an OzFlux tower, and researchers also undertake intensive collection of various ecosystem measurements including detailed data sets on flora, fauna and biophysical processes. Through this work, the ASN aims to improve our understanding of ecosystem response to environmental change. Work underway throughout the ASN also complements the capabilities of the Long-Term Ecological Research Network (LTERN).





The Australian SuperSite Network:



Intensive data collection:



Sub-Facility Director:

Associate Professor Mike Liddell
James Cook University



More Links

  • People using TERN: Wouter Maes

    A European Commission Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellow has used TERN’s research infrastructure to produce extremely high-resolution maps of vegetation water use efficiency that can be used to assess drought and climate change induced effects on ecosystems.

  • The impacts of fuel reduction burns on soil greenhouse gas exchange

    Researchers using TERN infrastructure have, for the first time, found that repeated fuel reduction burns in temperate forests have little long-term impact on soil greenhouse gas exchange. The new findings fill an important information gap and provide new science to the ongoing debate surrounding prescribed burning targets in Australia.

  • TERN is becoming an international model for success. International ecosystem research networks have been closely evaluating TERN infrastructure as recent collaborative information sharing exercises in China and Chile strengthen ties with partners from all corners of the globe.
  • People using TERN: Jan Pisek. A senior researcher from Estonia’s Tartu Observatory recently travelled to Australia to utilise TERN’s research facilities and enable the completion of a global study on the remote sensing of vegetation structure.
  • TERN research improves forestry policy and practice. Research at long-established TERN monitoring sites in production forests sheds new light on interactions between logging practices, carbon stocks and biodiversity protection and leads to improvements in forestry practices.
  • An armchair tour of Australia’s ecoregions.  Take a tour of some of Australia’s unique ecosystems via these amazing 360-degree photospheres captured at TERN’s national monitoring observatories
  • Nation-wide SuperSites support next crop of ecosystem scientists.  From school field trips to postgraduate research, we explore the many ways in which the infrastructure of just one TERN facility is enabling rich and diverse training opportunities for the next generation of ecosystem scientists.
  • People using TERN: Stephen van Leeuwen. A senior scientist in Western Australia and his team are using TERN to supplement state biological surveys and to contribute to decisions on conserving important ecosystems.
  • Earlier this year, some Melbourne high school science students left their classrooms far behind and journeyed to far north Queensland to help collect data in the field at TERN’s FNQ Rainforest Supersite in the Daintree.  
  • Universities turn to TERN for undergraduate curriculum. Take a look at specific courses being delivered in very different parts of the country by Charles Darwin University and Macquarie University.
  • A multi-purpose field study centre has opened its doors and put out a welcome mat for visitors to the Great Western Woodlands SupersSite.
  • Global problems need global solutions, and TERN’s close ties with the US National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is just one way we’re enabling new approaches to address critical ecosystem science questions across the globe. TERN’s infrastructure has much to offer other nations, and it is a wonderful outcome for the program to see it contributing to the global community. Click here to read more.
  • The Australian SuperSite Network's field infrastructure will soon include new sensors for monitoring soil moisture as part of the international COSMOS initiative. Thanks to a range of international collaborations like this, the ASN is playing a major role in helping Australian scientists understand and talk about ecosystems in quite a different way.
  • TERN and CSIRO have opened Australia’s first large-scale rainforest research plot at Robson Creek in the Atherton Tablelands. Part of TERN's Far North Queensland Rainforest SuperSite, the plot will allow scientists to monitor the rainforest over the long term and answer questions about the health of this unique Australian environment.
  • Acoustic monitoring at the FNQ Rainforest SuperSite will help researcher's to understand how the total eclipse on 14 November influences bird's singing behaviour. Read more here.
  • The ASN data portal addresses a complex data management problem, collating ecosystem data of many different types from different sites and making it readily available and accessible for users.
  • How will the Australian landscape respond to increased carbon dioxide in the future? The world-first EucFACE experiment at the Cumberland Plains SuperSite is addressing this very question, and the team's groundbreaking work has already attracted a lot of media interest. Click here for an ABC Radio interview with principal investigator, Prof David Ellsworth, or click here to see an ABC news report from the SuperSite itself.
  • Researchers working at the South East Queensland Peri-urban SuperSite have tested an unusual approach for monitoring koalas.
  • The Far North Queensland Rainforest SuperSite was the focus of an intensive multidisciplinary field campaign in mid-September, that even drew the attention of local media.
  • The ASN's WarraTumbarumba, and Far North Queensland Rainforest SuperSites featured in TERN's August eNewsletter, which focussed on the theme of sustainable land use.

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