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Tanami Indigenous biodiversity data released

Data on the biodiversity of more than 10 million hectares of land in central Australia are now openly available via TERN.

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TERN NASA global climate project blasts off

A new collaboration between NASA and TERN has blasted off from Cape Canaveral that's set to dramatically improve global climate monitoring.

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EcoScience Pathways Forum - Perth 20 July

You're invited to the second of a series of engagement days around Australia to connect academics and industry professionals working in ecosystem science. This is an opportunity to learn more about existing digital infrastructure and training and skills development programs for environmental science.

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The potential for a Global Environmental Research Infrastructure

An ambitious ILTER-led workshop made the case for some 10 national ecosystem observatories, including TERN, to form a global environmental research infrastructure. Participants are formalising the proposal for an LTER-based global research infrastructure by way of a statement in a scientific journal.

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New sites fill spatial and climatic environmental monitoring gap

TERN has added another 27 permanent plots to its national network of over 600 ecosystem surveillance sites.  The new sites in New South Wales and South Australia represent the first nationally-consistent monitoring in an important climatic region and provide vital information to state government and not-for-profit conservation programs.

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Vale John La Salle

In May our friend and colleague Dr John La Salle from CSIRO, long-time Director of the NCRIS-funded Atlas of Living Australia (ALA), died in an accident. We send our thoughts and best wishes to John’s family and all his colleagues across Australia’s wide ecological community.

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June Newsletter

This month we feature our new National Mangrove Data Portal; Australia's Threatened Species Index; new TERN monitoring sites; further steps towards a Global Ecosystem Observatory; TERN's amazing volunteers; and vale John La Salle.  Plus, there's a complete listing of all the upcoming ecosystems science events and activities.

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May Newsletter

This month we feature new science on the health benefits of getting dirty; novel agricultural improvements from Australian native plants; and national vegetation decomposition data from the global Tea Bag Index Project(TBI). Plus, there's a complete listing of all the upcoming ecosystems science events and activities.

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Data Update - May 2018

Showcasing new and recently updated data openly available via TERN repositories. This month we feature vegetation decomposition data collected at TERN’s nation-wide network of ecosystem process monitoring SuperSites as part of the global Tea Bag Index project. Grab a cuppa and explore the data...

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March eNewsletter

This month we feature Australia's newest globally consistent ecosystem map; the 150+ property and NRM region summary reports now openly available via TERN; the exciting new field of ecological forecasting; and a special video to celebrate National Eucalypt Day.

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Watching over our incredible eucalypt ecosystems

Join us in celebrating National Eucalypt Day with a special video showcasing how the TERN observatory is monitoring Australia's precious eucalypt ecosystems to allow scientists to detect their responses to environmental change and understand what this means for the future. This fabulous short video reveals how we're watching over our incredible and valuable eucalypts.

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TERN Feedback Survey: summary of results

Thanks to everyone for your help with our recent feedback survey, the response rate and quality of feedback have been remarkable. Here we share a quick summary of some of the results.

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February eNewsletter

Welcome to the February issue of TERN’s newsletter, which highlights new case studies on the use of TERN infrastructure, including the latest science on climate adaptation in plants and the drought tolerance of Australia’s most iconic and widespread trees, River Red Gum and Mulga. We also showcase new TERN-delivered plant trait data and publish preliminary results of our recent survey of how people are using TERN.

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New science on carbon and water in Australian landscapes

An impressive compendium of research on the cycling of carbon, water and nutrients in multiple natural and managed landscapes has been completed. 19 peer-reviewed papers, all using the TERN land observatory and its data, present the latest science on themes including the global carbon cycle, extreme climate events, agriculture, water budgets, land productivity, plant growth and much more.

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TERN Feedback Survey

TERN is currently seeking feedback from the ecosystem science community to help it identify priorities for the future and to ensure our services meet your needs. If you’d like to contribute to this process please take the short (5-10 min) survey.

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Transitioning TERN to better meet user needs

TERN is making some changes to its land observatory. We are re-shaping our structure to place more importance on the way in which data, derived from our local, regional and continental scale facilities, are integrated and made more accessible for your research on variation and change of terrestrial ecosystems in Australia.

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November eNewsletter

This month's eNewsletter features stories of drug discovery from TERN soil samples; birds of prey citizen science; and new research using TERN explaining how Australia's savanna trees beat the dry season heat.

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Collaborative ecology across the Tasman at EcoTAS17

Going to EcoTAS this month? TERN is proud to be sponsoring the conference but even more pleased to see that our infrastructure and data has enabled so much of the research featured at this year's conference. Here's your guide all the TERN enabled research featured at this year's conference. We're looking forward to seeing you there...

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Towards a global ecosystem observatory

TERN is leading concerted multi-national efforts to create an integrated network of networks that would observe and assess the current state and trajectory of ecosystems worldwide.  Building on last year’s TERN-hosted meetings, we’ve just finished further discussions in China, Vietnam and France with leaders of analogous ecosystem observing networks from around the world.

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October eNewsletter

This month’s newsletter features diverse stories of collaboration with international partnersARC Centres of Excellencesupporting education activities conducted on the Great Barrier Reef, and an irresistible century of platypus sightings.

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