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Issue 73, January 2018
Alpine Monitoring; Predicting Bushfire Danger; New Carbon & Water Science; Ecosystem Science Council

TERN - Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network
January 2018
Director's update

Welcome to our first newsletter for 2018, which brings fresh evidence that the study and management of ecosystems truly represents the most dynamic field of contemporary ecology.

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Sustaining Australia’s critical alpine zone: new ecosystem surveillance plots supplement seven decades of monitoring

Camped on the top of the Australian Alps a team of ecologists is beating the heat and sampling Australia’s critical yet fragile alpine ecosystems. The soil and vegetation data they collect will supplement a 70-year-long dataset and provide ecologists and land managers with the information they need to ensure the sustainability of our unique alpine environment and the ecosystem services it provides.

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Predicting bushfire danger from space

As Australia swelters through another hot summer with several large fires affecting different parts of the country, a team of researchers is busily creating the first national-scale, live fuel moisture content and flammability monitoring system. The new satellite-based technology is a potential game changer through the delivery of more efficient and effective bushfire preparedness and management across Australia.

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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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Shape of our future environment: a report from Ecosystem Science Council

The future can be what we make it, but only if we plan and act accordingly. The Ecosystem Science Council is Australia’s peak body to implement Foundations for the future: a long-term plan for Australian ecosystem science. Here we provide some highlights from an interview with Council Chair, Professor Glenda Wardle of The University of Sydney, about the work of the Ecosystem Science Council over the past year.

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Key Dates
The Research Bazaar 2018
January - March 2018

AMOS-ICSHMO 2018 - Joint 25th AMOS National Conference and 12th International Conference for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology and Oceanography
5 - 9 February 2018
TERN involved

Australian Citizen Science Conference 2018
7 - 9 February 2018

ABARES Outlook 2018
6 – 7 March 2018

4th Australian Government Data Summit
6 – 8 March 2018

National Eucalypt Day
23 March 2018
TERN involved

European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2018
Vienna, Austria
8 - 13 April 2018

TERN involved

NRM Science Conference 2018
10 - 11 April 2018
7th Digital Earth Summit (DES-2018)
El Jadida, Morocco
17 - 19 April 2018

6th South Australian Weeds Conference
2 - 3 May 2018

Climate Adaptation 2018
8 - 10 May 2018

Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU) Meeting 2018
Chiba, Japan
20 - 24 May 2018

useR! 2018
10 - 13 July 2018

Boston, USA
12 - 17 August 2018

eResearch Australasia 2018
15 - 19 October 2018

ILTER Annual Conference
Taichung, Taiwan
15 - 19 October 2018
TERN involved

International Data Week 2018
Gaborone, Botswana
5 - 8 November 2018
What is TERN?

The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) is the national observatory for Australian ecosystems, delivering data that enable environmental research and management.
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.
Banner photo credits left to right: Eva Van Gorsel; Christina Macdonald
Article photo credits top to bottom: Mark Grant; Carolina Luiz; Lindsay Hutley; Ecosystem Science Council


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