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Issue 75, March 2018
Australia's Newest Globally Consistent Ecosystem Map; 150+ Property & NRM Region Summary Reports; Ecological Forecasting; National Eucalypt Day Video


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

The spirit of cooperation and collaboration has been a major theme for TERN this month and as you read on, you will see how closely engaged and interdependent the research infrastructure and ecosystem communities are becoming, both locally and internationally.

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Australia’s newest globally consistent ecosystem map

Ecosystem maps allow managers to craft strategies that ensure that our unique ecosystems and their services are not lost. Unfortunately, however, there is no consistent way of mapping ecosystems across nations and jurisdictions. Thankfully, this is set to change courtesy of TERN and the University of Adelaide who have remapped the characteristics of Australia's ecosystems using nationally and globally consistent methods.

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Watching over our incredible eucalypt ecosystems

Join us as we celebrate National Eucalypt Day with a special video showcasing how the TERN observatory is measuring the nation’s precious eucalypt ecosystems to allow scientists to detect their responses to environmental change and understand what this means for the future. Watch the short video and find out more about how we’re watching over our incredible and valuable eucalypt ecosystems.

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Australians unlock their gates to ecosystem surveys

With almost 600 ecosystem observing sites nation-wide it's inevitable that some TERN infrastructure is hosted on private or community property. To thank Australia's participating landholders for unlocking their gates, TERN has delivered summary reports for over 150 private and pastoral properties, conservation reserves, and NRM regions. The reports provide key data for each property or region and represent an invaluable resource to private landholders and land management authorities alike.

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Forecasting nature just as we forecast the weather?

Just like the weather forecasts we all take for granted, can we create a reliable a ‘nature forecast’ to help us better understand, manage and conserve ecosystems? Get ready for ecological forecasting! The shift from conception to actively building collaborations that span international boundaries, ecological scale and observation systems has begun. Read on to hear how the world’s environmental observatories are integrating for ecological forecasting.

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

NRM Science Conference 2018
10 - 11 April 2018

Australia’s Environment in 2017
12 April 2018
TERN Facilitated

Coast to Coast 2018
16 - 20 April 2018

TERN involved

7th Digital Earth Summit (DES-2018)
El Jadida, Morocco
17 - 19 April 2018

Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network Conference 2018
17 - 20 April 2018
TERN involved

6th South Australian Weeds Conference
2 - 3 May 2018
TERN involved

Climate Adaptation 2018
8 - 10 May 2018

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

Collaborative Conference on Computational and Data Intensive Science (C3DIS 2018)
28 - 31 May 2018

Ecoacoustics Congress
24 - 28 June 2018
TERN involved
useR! 2018
10 - 13 July 2018

International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
Valencia, Spain
23 - 27 July 2018
TERN involved

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

Boston, USA
12 - 17 August 2018

Phenology 2018
23 - 27 September 2018

ForestSAT 2018
Maryland, USA
2 - 5 October 2018

TERN involved

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

eResearch Australasia 2018
15 - 19 October 2018
TERN involved

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

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

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

What is TERN?

TERN is Australia’s land ecosystem observatory. We observe and measure the cause and effect of ecosystem change—from site to continental scale—and deliver data streams 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: TERN, Cacelia Ewenz
Article photo credits top to bottom: TERN, Suzanne Long, TERN, TERN



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