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Issue 84, January 2019
Protocol for mine rehab assessments; World's most valuable micro-met data; TERN CoESRA Virtual Desktop; ecoEd training

TERN - Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network
January 2019
Director's update

This year marks TERN’s tenth anniversary and we are celebrating. Our plan is to meet with you more often; deliver more data products and tools; provide the training courses you ask for
; and welcome more researchers to our field sites. Join our director, Dr Beryl Morris, as she profiles some of the exciting TERN projects and events of 2019.

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Monitoring protocol for mine rehabilitation assessments

The Australian Government has adopted TERN’s standard protocol for field-based environmental monitoring to assess the rehabilitation of the Northern Territory’s Ranger Uranium Mine following its closure in 2021. Find out how the eight new monitoring plots integrate with TERN’s research infrastructure in Kakadu National Park to help ensure that the best possible environmental outcomes are achieved.

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The world’s most valuable micro-meteorological data?

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes has independently
analysed Australia’s data on land-atmosphere exchanges of energy, carbon and water collected by TERN and its partners, and found them to be perhaps the world’s most valuable observations for building and evaluating the land models needed for projecting future droughts and heatwaves. Read the analysis and find out more about these profoundly important data for global climate modelling.

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Virtual desktop supercharges big data analyses

TERN is developing Cloud and Virtual Laboratory infrastructure that’s enabling researchers to work effectively in the current big data era. From ecosystem risk assessments to the impact of extreme weather on dogs, find out how the diverse users of the TERN CoESRA Virtual Desktop are using this free, portable and powerful computational environment to run big data analyses and share their work.

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ecoEd training: digital platforms for environmental science

ecoEd is an innovative training and skills development program for university lecturers, researchers and industry professionals. Learn more about the program’s translation of Australia’s digital research infrastructure into the community and download lecture and workshop materials for six key ecosystem science topics.

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Key Dates
3rd Open Data Cube Conference
February 2019

TERN AusPlots Survey Methodology Training
South Australia
28 April - 5 May 2019
Hosted by TERN

International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) Conference
29 April - 2 May 2019

Ecological Forecasting Initiative Conference
Washington DC
13 - 15 May 2019
TERN involved

29th International Congress for Conservation Biology, ICCB 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
21 - 25 July 2019
ILTER Open Science Meeting 2019
Leipzig, Germany
2 - 6 September 2019
TERN involved

International Union of Forest Research Organizations Congress 2019
Curitiba, Brazil
29 September - 5 October 2019

eResearch Australasia 2019
21 – 25 October 2019
TERN involved

2019 GEO Ministerial Summit
4 - 9 November 2019
TERN involved

ESA Annual Conference
24 - 29 November 2019
TERN involved
What is TERN?

TERN is Australia’s land ecosystem observatory. 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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Banner photo credits: TERN; Chantal Huijbers; Sian Howard
Article photo credits top to bottom: TERN; James Cleverly; Pixabay; Chantal Huijbers

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