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Issue 82, November 2018
Harvesting virtual forests; Australia's newest weed; TERN at ESA18; Kyoto Statement of Asia-Pacific actions on SDGs

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

400 acoustic recorders are about to be deployed across approximately 100 sites around Australia, including all 12 of the TERN SuperSites. The ARC LIEF funded Australian Acoustic Observatory project will run for five years and involve the
development of call recognisers, analyses of soundscapes and exploration of acoustic methods.

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Harvesting virtual forests

Forests store more carbon than any other above-ground ecosystem on the planet. Just how much, though, is hard to know without cutting them down. Enter ‘virtual harvesting’, a non-destructive remote sensing technique for accurately measuring biomass that has just been undertaken at TERN’s tropical forest observing sites.

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Australia's newest weed

All that glitters is not gold when it comes to Australia's newest weed. The previously unrecorded species of clover, found during TERN’s survey of Australia’s alpine region, has just been identified as Golden Clover. Native to Europe and never found in Australia before, find out how Trifolium
aureum was spotted and what the discovery may mean for our native ecosystems.

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With this year’s Ecological Society of Australia conference kicking off at the end of November, it’s high-time to showcase all the TERN related events happening at the conference. Take part in the long-term research forum and our data workshop, learn about our data skills development program, or just drop by our booth and say hello.

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‘Kyoto Statement’ on Asia-Pacific actions on SDGs

163 representatives from across the Asia-Pacific region, including TERN Australia, have committed to an ambitious action statement on achieving the global targets set by the Sustainable Development Goals, Paris Agreement and Sendai Framework. The ‘Kyoto Statement 2018’ was formalised during October’s GEOSS Asia Pacific Symposium, a key forum for strengthening regional cooperation.

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Key Dates
Territory Natural Resource Management Conference 2018
13 - 15 November 2018

Forum on International Cooperation among Environmental Research Infrastructures
Brussels, Belgium
19 November 2018
TERN involved

Research Infrastructures and the Paris Agreement on Climate
Brussels, Belgium
20 - 21 November 2018
TERN involved

2018 National TechNet Conference
22 - 23 November 2018

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

World Congress of Science and Factual Producers
27 - 30 November 2018

Soil Security and Planetary Health Conference
4 - 6 December 2018
Supported by TERN

Australasian Wildlife Management Society Conference
4 - 6 December 2018
Functional Ecology Conference
Nancy, France
10 - 13 December 2018
TERN involved

AGU 2018 Fall Meeting
Washington D.C., USA
10 - 14 December 2018
TERN involved

3rd Open Data Cube Conference
February 2019

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

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

2019 GEO Ministerial Summit
4 - 9 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: Kim Calders
Article photo credits top to bottom: Kim Calders; Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria; Ecological Society of Australia; Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology



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