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Issue 79, August 2018

TERN’s role in national GHG accounting; 55 global superstars of CalVal; space-borne lasers & radars monitoring our ecosystems; TERN CalVal Handbook

 

 
TERN - Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network
 
e-Newsletter
August 2018
Director's update

Welcome to our August newsletter, a bumper issue highlighting the growing recognition of TERN Australia’s research infrastructure and data in calibrating and validating global remote sensing datasets. In addition to being the feature of this newsletter, remote sensing stories were at the forefront during the combined TERN Advisory Board and Science Advisory Committee visit to Darwin in late July.


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Five ways Australian science infrastructure improves global environmental predictions

TERN, Australia’s terrestrial ecosystem observatory, provides the Australian and international earth observation communities with the high quality, on-the-ground data required to properly calibrate and validate their observations and predictions. Here are five of the ways in which TERN’s ecosystem observation data are being used to ensure the accuracy of some of the nation and planet’s most important environmental prediction tools.


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TERN's role in national greenhouse gas accounting

TERN data are being used by one of our closest partner’s, the Australian Government’s Department of Environment and Energy to calibrate and validate Australia’s carbon models and greenhouse gas accounting. Our high-quality data are vital in ensuring the accuracy of Australia’s carbon model predictions and helping meet national reporting requirements under international climate and sustainability frameworks.


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55 global superstars of space-borne data validation

The
international Committee on Earth Observation Satellites has added TERN’s Australia-wide network of 12 ecosystem process monitoring SuperSites to their list of top 55 global sites for the calibration and validation of satellite-derived global bio-geophysical data products.

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Space-borne laser and radar ecosystem monitoring

Europe’s, America’s and India’s space agencies are set to take a giant leap for ecosystem science: monitoring Earth’s most complex processes and measuring and mapping the planet’s forests in high-resolution 3D.
TERN is playing a vital role in these missions by providing the on-ground observation infrastructure and data required to calibrate, validate and improve the accuracy of these global bio-geophysical satellite data.

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NEW! CalVal handbook for remote sensing

TERN’s newly updated ‘Effective Field Calibration and Validation Practices’ handbook is an Australian first in providing detailed information for calibrating and validating remote sensing derived products to ensure they can be used for science and management applications. We invite you to download, read, assess, and contribute to this resource and help us ensure that a sound link between on-ground and remotely sensed data is maintained.


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Top End conference on environmental change in Asia-Pacific

TERN has sponsored an international conference being held this month in Darwin which brings together more than 100 environmental and climate scientists from Australasia and Asia to share research outcomes on
ecosystem, climate and land-use change across the Asia-Pacific region. The inaugural OzFlux-AsiaFlux Joint Conference provides delegates with a wealth of information sharing and networking opportunities on Australia’s doorstep to Asia.

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Key Dates
The Seeds of Songs and the Songs of Seeds: Warlpiri and Anmatyerr Women’s Songs
Sydney
9 August 2018



Joint TERN OzFlux and AsiaFlux Workshop and Conference
Darwin
20 - 26 August 2018
Hosted by TERN



Goldschmidt2018
Boston, USA
12 - 17 August 2018



ICOS Science Conference
Prague, Czech Republic
11 - 13 September 2018
TERN involved



ICRI 2018 - 4th International Conference on Research Infrastructures
Vienna, Austria
12 - 14 September 2018
TERN involved



Phenology 2018
Melbourne
23 - 27 September 2018



ForestSAT 2018
Maryland, USA
2 - 5 October 2018
TERN involved



5th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium (IPPS 2018)
Adelaide
2 - 5 October 2018



TERENO International Conference 2018
Berlin, Germany
8 - 12 October 2018



Australian Geoscience Council Convention, AGCC 2018
Adelaide
14 - 18 October 2018



eResearch Australasia 2018
Melbourne
15 - 19 October 2018
Supported by TERN



AuScope Strategy Workshop 2018
Adelaide
18 - 19 October 2018
TERN involved



ILTER Annual Conference
Taichung, Taiwan
15 - 19 October 2018
TERN involved
UN World Data Forum 2018
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
22 - 24 October 2018



3rd International Greenhouse Gas Workshop
Nanjing, China
22 - 25 October 2018



2018 National Private Land Conservation conference
Brisbane
24 - 26 October 2018



11th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium
Kyoto, Japan
24 - 26 October 2018
TERN involved



GEO XV Plenary
Kyoto, Japan
31 October - 1 November 2018
TERN involved



International Data Week 2018
Gaborone, Botswana
5 - 8 November 2018



Territory Natural Resource Management Conference 2018
Darwin
13 - 15 November 2018



Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference 2018
Brisbane
25 - 30 November 2018
Supported by TERN



ILTER Open Science Meeting 2019
Leipzig, Germany
2 - 6 September 2019
TERN involved



Soil Security and Planetary Health Conference
Sydney
4 - 6 December 2018
Supported by TERN



AGU 2018 Fall Meeting
Washington D.C., USA
10 - 14 December 2018
TERN involved



29th International Congress for Conservation Biology, ICCB 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
21 - 25 July 2019









 
 
 
What is TERN?

We observe, record and measure critical terrestrial ecosystem parameters and conditions for Australia over time from continental scale to field sites at hundreds of representative locations. This information is standardised, integrated and transformed into model-ready data, enabling researchers to discern and interpret changes in land ecosystems.


TERN delivers:
  • Ecosystem data and the programs to collect it including plot data from surveillance and targeted monitoring programs; gas, energy, and nutrient exchanges; remote sensing data; modelled data products about soil, climate, and landscape attributes; and vegetation and soil samples for physical analysis;
  • Tools for the research community including national consistent field methods, data collection apps, and data publishing tools; and
  • Data infrastructure that supports discovery, access, and re-use of ecosystem data collected by TERN and others.
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