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Issue 88, May 2019
Environmental prediction; Australia's environment in 2018; unscrambling egg colours; TERN turns ten book release; bioacoustics

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

Ten years ago, on Wednesday 6 May 2009 to be exact, representatives of the Commonwealth Government and University of Queensland signed a contract, which marked the commencement of the NCRIS-funded Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network – TERN. Many people have contributed to TERN and for some, their work in defining TERN and the nexus of research and research infrastructure started many years before the first NCRIS grant. We are indebted to their vision and the foundations they lay.

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New book celebrates a decade of NCRIS-enabled TERN successes

Observing Environmental Change in Australia: Conversations for Sustainability is a comprehensive and engaging review of how the past decade of Australian Government research infrastructure investment has transformed our understanding of the environment.

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Unscrambling colour variation in Aussie birds’ eggs

Researchers have used TERN-delivered remote sensing data to try to explain the vast range of colours and patterns found on Australian bird eggs. Read on to see if high-tech big data have helped crack this centuries-old case.

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Building Australia’s most advanced environmental decision-support system

As it approaches its half-year milestone, the National Environmental Prediction System (NEPS) Scoping Study is set to embark on a broad consultation process that will help shape a support system for Australia’s research and decision-making communities.

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Australia’s Environment in 2018

Researchers have taken advantage of TERN’s trusted national and long-term data to develop the latest in an annual series of environmental condition reports. The report, and its accompanying interactive website, provide an annual summary of 15 key environmental indicators and how they have changed over time.

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Biosphere Soundscapes at the arts-science interface

TERN has collected, archived and made openly available over 60,000 sound files from 21 unique ecosystems across our nation-wide research infrastructure. Later this month a unique event at the arts-science interface will explore the creative possibilities of such bioacoustics data.

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Key Dates
Collaborative Conference on Computational and Data Intensive Science 2019 (C3DIS 2019)
6 - 10 May 2019
TERN involved

The Australian Earth and Environmental Science Information Partners (E2SIP) Workshop
9 May 2019
TERN involved

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

FunGIS 2019 Conference
16 -17 May 2019
TERN involved

THETA 2019 (The Higher Education Technology Agenda)
19 - 22 May 2019

Pint of Science Festival
16 cities across Australia
20 - 22 May 2019

Global Soil Partnership Plenary Assembly
Rome, Italy
5 - 7 June 2019
TERN involved

OzFlux Conference and TERN Ecosystem Processes Workshop
24 June - 3 July 2019
Hosted by TERN

TERENO NEON Carbon Workshop 2019
Düren, Germany
July 13 - 20 2019
29th International Congress for Conservation Biology, ICCB 2019
21 - 25 July 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Species on the Move Conference 2019
Kruger National Park, South Africa
22 - 26 July 2019

Australian Rangelands Conference 2019
2 - 5 September 2019

ILTER Open Science Meeting 2019
Leipzig, Germany
2 - 6 September 2019
TERN involved

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

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

ICOS Science Conference
Utrecht, Netherlands
15 – 17 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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Banner photo credits: TERN; Museum Victoria; Samantha Munroe
Article photo credits top to bottom: Frans Lanting/Getty; TERN; ANU; Tim Wardlaw; Angela Gackle


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