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Issue 96, January 2020
Safeguarding research infrastructure; impact of heatwaves on birds; plant fluorescence sensors; centre spotlight on CSU ILWS

 
TERN - Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network
 
e-Newsletter
January 2020
Director's update

Welcome to this first TERN newsletter for 2020, a new decade of monitoring and collecting data on terrestrial ecosystem change in Australia and a season of heatwaves, bushfires, dust storms, drought, hail and flash floods. Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected directly and indirectly by these harsh realities.


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Safeguarding national research infrastructure from extreme events

How can environmental research infrastructure providers, including TERN and its field-based NCRIS siblings, limit the damage extreme events have on globally important monitoring equipment? A group of experts reflect on this question and discuss future data collection technologies that may help alleviate some of the problems extreme events present.


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Weighing the cost: The impact of heatwaves on birds

Models predict more frequent catastrophic mortality events for Australia’s arid zone birds under future climate scenarios. Innovative new science using TERN data has, for the first time, tested these predictions and documented the impact of extreme heat on a wild population of Australasian robins.

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Prototype paves way for near-instantaneous maps of vegetation productivity and stress​

TERN is testing prototype plant fluorescence sensors at its NCRIS-enabled ecosystem monitoring sites. Early results indicate that accurate Australia-wide hourly data on environmental stress, such as drought or excess heat indicators, are within reach.


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Centre Spotlight: Institute for Land, Water and Society

This month we look at Charles Sturt University’s Institute for Land, Water and Society, highlighting its research on biodiversity and ecosystem condition in one of the country’s most significant food production regions and beyond.


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Key Dates
AMOS Annual Meeting and International Conference on Indian Ocean Meteorology and Oceanography
Fremantle
10 – 14 February 2020
TERN involved



2020 Australian Climate and Water Summer Institute
Canberra
3 - 14 February 2020



2020 North Australia Savanna Fire Forum
Darwin
18 - 19 February 2020



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



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



15th Research Data Alliance (RDA) Plenary Meeting
Melbourne
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
Brisbane
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
Sydney
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
Melbourne
27 September - 2 October 2020


Advancing Earth Observation Forum 2020
Brisbane
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


 
 
 
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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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