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Issue 97, Febrauary 2020
Daily soil moisture data; Open data on urban fringes; Centre Spotlight on ANU WALD; Ghost Trees art


TERN - Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network
February 2020
Director's update

Welcome to our February newsletter which features stories ranging from satellite capture of Australian soil moisture data; alienation of native wildlife from urban fringes; the work of an ANU Centre in predicting extreme events; and art that explores the concept of ‘Nature as Data’ drawing upon TERN remote sensing and eco-acoustic data.

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Cosmic help for down-to-Earth environmental monitoring

TERN is developing a revolutionary soil moisture information system, which will help land managers better monitor drought, help calculate the risk of bushfires and floods and make highly informed management choices to improve agricultural productivity.

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Liveability for all on our urban fringes

NCRIS-enabled projects AURIN and TERN are delivering data and analysis tools to support research and planning for more sustainable urban environments. Explore the free urban and environmental data and services that make informed planning and policy-making possible

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Centre Spotlight: Centre for Water and Landscape Dynamics

This edition we’re featuring the Australian National University Centre for Water and Landscape Dynamics and its work combining satellite observations, field data and prediction models to measure, monitor, and forecast conditions in the world around us, including the likelihood of bushfires and drought.

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Ghost Trees

We invite you to a unique art exhibition this month that explores the creative possibilities of Big Data on the environment. Ghost Trees uses remote sensing data collected by scientists at TERN research sites to delve into the notion of ‘Nature as Data’.

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Key Dates
Art Aviso presents 1.5 Degrees
18 - 29 February 2020
TERN involved

CEOS Supersites & Biomass Validation Workshop
4 - 5 March 2020
Co-hosted by TERN

South-East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (SEQFBC) Fire Science Forum 2020 - Fire & Climate
17 March 2020

15th Research Data Alliance (RDA) Plenary Meeting
18 - 20 March 2020
TERN involved

11th World Wilderness Congress (WILD11)
19 - 26 March 2020
Jaipur, India

EGU 2020
Wien, Austria
3 - 8 May 2020
TERN involved

24th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 24)
Montreal, Canada
18 - 23 May 2020

Sustainability, Research and Innovation (SRI) 2020
14 - 17 June 2020
TERN involved

EcoSummit 2020
Gold Coast
21 - 25 June 2020
GEO BON Open Science Conference & All Hands Meeting
Leipzig, Germany
6 - 10 July 2020

COSPAR Scientific Assembly
15 - 22 August 2020

2020 ILTER East Asia Pacific Conference
Bangkok, Thailand
6 – 12 September 2020
TERN involved

MEDECOS 2020 conference
Langebaan, Western Cape, South Africa
7 - 11 September 2020

ICOS Science Conference
15 – 17 September 2020
Utrecht, Netherlands
TERN involved

International Society for Behavioral Ecology (ISBE) Congress
27 September - 2 October 2020

Advancing Earth Observation Forum 2020
28 September – 2 October 2020
TERN involved

International Conference on Research Infrastructures (ICRI 2020)
Ottawa, Canada
30 September – 2 October 2020
TERN involved

15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
Kunming, China
5 October 2020

ileaps–OzFlux Joint Conference 2021
Auckland, New Zealand
9 - 12 February 2021
Co-hosted by TERN
Share your research

Have you used TERN data, samples or research tools? We would love to feature your work in our newsletter and add your papers to our list of publications using TERN. Please contact us or submit your publications via our simple online form.
What is TERN?

TERN is Australia’s land ecosystem observatory. We observe, measure and record 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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Article photo credits top to bottom: Suzanne Long; AURIN; ANU WALD; James McGrath



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