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TERN - Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network
February 2017
Director's update

Welcome to the February TERN Newsletter, which is being sent to you just as the TERN Executive Group moves into the second day of its annual planning workshop at which we’re focusing on the changes necessary for TERN to integrate into a national Environmental Prediction System, one of the nine focus areas of the Commonwealth Government’s Draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap. Happily, TERN is already contributing to a national environmental prediction system and some examples are captured in this month's newsletter.

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Raincoat for a rainforest: Simulating drought in the Daintree

How might the world’s rainforest ecosystems respond if droughts become more frequent in the future? This question is behind a bold experiment happening right now at TERN’s research site in far north Queensland’s Daintree Rainforest.

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People using TERN: Andrew Edwards

A research fellow from the Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research is using TERN delivered data to map fire severity across the Top End for more informed regional fire management and more accurate national carbon accounting.

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TERN teams up with Google to deliver Australian science to millions worldwide

TERN has again teamed up with Google, this time to make detailed information on Australia’s soil and landscapes available through the Google Earth Engine. As a result researchers can benefit from Google’s cloud computing power, cutting their data processing and analysis times from hours to seconds

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Get involved!

TERN can only ever be as good as the quality of input it gets – and that includes from our readers and collaborators everywhere. You can get involved in TERN’s work to build an essential resource for supporting Australian ecosystem science and management by using and contributing data to the portals of the various TERN facilities. Talk to these people about becoming actively involved in TERN’s work by providing data and knowledge for the Australian ecosystem science and management communities.
Stay informed!

TERN is a resource for everyone with an interest in ecosystem science: researchers, land and environmental managers, policy developers and citizen scientists. If you would like to be kept informed about TERN’s projects, subscribe to our e-newsletter.
Key Dates
The terrestrial laser scanning revolution in forest ecology: A Royal Society workshop
27 - 28 February 2017
TERN involved

Universities Australia Higher Education Conference
1 - 3 March 2017

Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network Conference (AMSN)
21 - 24 March 2017

World Science Festival Brisbane
22 - 27 March 2017

Rainforests of Subtropical Australia: A symposium of science and practice
Gold Coast
23 - 24 March 2017

Oceania Ecosystem Services Forum
27 - 31 March 2017

eLTER H2020 plant productivity training session
8 - 12 May 2017

Symposium 2017 'Greater impact through environmental infrastructure'
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of NCRIS
16 - 18 May 2017
Co-hosted by TERN
UAS4RS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Remote Sensing) Conference 2017
24 - 25 May 2017
TERN involved

Linking Environmental Data and Samples
29 May - 2 June 2017
TERN involved

3rd Blue Planet Symposium
Maryland, USA
31 May - 2 June 2017

Open Repositories 2017 Conference
26 - 30 June 2017

12th International Mammalogical Congress
9 - 14 July 2017

2017 Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG) Conference
11 - 14 July 2017
TERN involved

12th International Congress of Ecology (INTECOL 2017)
Beijing, China
20 - 25 August 2017
TERN involved

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Banner photo credits: Soil and Landscape Grid of Australia screenshot, Jamie Vleeshouwer; Daintree Drought Experiment, W. Laurance; and fire severity data validation, Darwin Centre for Bushfire Research.