Welcome to our November newsletter, which comes with enough time left for us to wish everyone at the EcoTas 2017 conference a productive meeting. It’s a busy time in the ecosystem science calendar and indeed for TERN as we plan for 2018-2019. We’re making good progress in our transition from a network of facilities to an entity with integrated data streams derived from its multi-scale land observatory, but we now need your help to fine-tune the project. So, after checking out this month’s stories I encourage you to participate in the online survey via our website and tell us about the ways you’re using TERN and your research needs.
Drug discovery from TERN soil samples
New research by New York’s Rockefeller University using TERN ecosystem samples and data is helping discover small molecules that are an important resource for new drug discovery, and the environmental conditions that favour their creation. The findings provide unprecedented insights into how best to conduct future surveys for natural product pharmaceutical discovery.
Working with the community to collect data on raptors
A unique citizen science project utilising the data infrastructure of multiple NCRIS facilities, including TERN and the Atlas of Living Australia, is collecting and collating information on three iconic Australian raptor species to ensure their longevity. So, grab your camera and contribute to managing, understanding and protecting these spectacular birds of prey.
People using TERN: Jen Peters
Hot, tired, thirsty, stressed? No so for Northern Australia’s unique savanna eucalypts which, according to new research using TERN’s Top End research infrastructure, stay cool and stress free even during the scorching dry season. But just how do they manage the stress and what will happen if dry seasons get longer, drier and hotter due to a changing climate? Read on to find out.
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 the local, regional and continental scale facilities are integrated and made more accessible for your research on variation and change of terrestrial ecosystems in Australia.
26 November - 1 December 2017 Supported by TERN
The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) is the national observatory for Australian ecosystems, delivering data that enable environmental research and management.
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: Tree sampling, Jen Peters; Soil sample collection; TERN; Raptor nest, Emmie Elliot.
Article photo credits top to bottom: Pixabay; The Atlas of Living Australia; Jen Peters; TERN.