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Issue 93, October 2019
Australia's environmental predictive capability; phenocam network; carbon sequestration of maleleuca forests; Indonesian wetland flux tower; centre spotlight on CDU RIEL 

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

Welcome to our October e-Newsletter in which we bring you an update on the National Environmental Prediction System scoping study, including a call for you to get involved in shaping the proposal to the Government for this potential new research capability for Australia. Don’t miss your opportunity to put in a submission before the end of 29 November.

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Heat tips forest from CO2 sink to source

New science using TERN finds Melaleuca forests—think tea trees and paperbarks—are more vulnerable to climate stresses than eucalypt forests. Storing >5% of Australia’s forest carbon, the findings have implications for carbon accounting and highlight the vulnerability of melaleucas to projected hotter and drier future climates.

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I spy: Enhanced camera network to track environmental change

TERN, together with another NCRIS-enabled infrastructure, the Australian Plant Phenomics Facility, is significantly upgrading its nation-wide network of time-lapse cameras that monitor the timing of vegetation development, including flowering, fruiting, and leaf lifecycle—phenology—and provide vital information on our changing ecosystems and their services.

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Your input invited to Australia’s environmental predictive capability

The National Environmental Prediction System (NEPS) Scoping Study is broadening its community consultations and we invite you to help shape the development of this key support system for Australia’s research and decision-making communities.

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Counting carbon from burning wastelands to healthy peat swamp forest

Automated environmental monitoring sensors have just been installed in a patch of Indonesian wetland, the size of Melbourne, to quantify the stocks and flows of greenhouse gases—and ensure the success of restoration efforts.

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Centre Spotlight: Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods

This month we visit Charles Darwin University and feature outstanding research leader on tropical savannas, their habitats and the livelihoods of the communities relying on their sustainability.

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Key Dates
AsiaFlux 2019 Workshop
Gifu, Japan
29 September - 5 October 2019
TERN involved

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

International River Symposium
20 - 24 October 2019

eResearch Australasia 2019
21 – 25 October 2019
TERN supported

18th International Semantic Web Conference
Auckland, New Zealand
26 - 30 October 2019
TERN involved

2019 GEO Ministerial Summit
4 - 9 November 2019
TERN involved

Ecological Society of Australia (ESA) Annual Conference
24 - 29 November 2019
TERN supported

23rd International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (MODSIM2019)
1 - 6 December 2019

EnviroCHI: Advancing Computer Human Interaction for Environmental Science and Education workshop
2 December 2019

AGU Fall Meeting
San Francisco, USA
9 – 13 December 2019
TERN involved
Global science summit on Earth, Energy and Environment
Dubai, UAE
24 - 25 February 2020

ICOS Science Conference
15 – 17 September 2020
Utrecht, Netherlands

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

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

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

EGU 2020
Wien, Austria
3 - 8 May 2020

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

EcoSummit 2020
Gold Coast
21 - 25 June 2020

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

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

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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Article photo credits top to bottom: Lindsay Hutley; Mirko Karan; Suzanne Long; Samantha Grover; Lindsay Hutley


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