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Issue 83, December 2018
Dust storm forecasting; New landscape data visualiser; Global vegetation database; Long-term research forum


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

As 2018 races to a close, I wish you and yours a safe and festive holiday season and all the best in 2019. It continues to be a privilege working with you as TERN moves closer to its tenth year of delivering Australia’s national terrestrial ecosystem research infrastructure.

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World's first global vegetation database

An international research team has produced the world's first global vegetation database. Containing over 1.1 million complete lists of plant species for all terrestrial ecosystems, including over 90,000 Australian sites provided by TERN, the ‘sPlot’ database will assist in the development of climate change prediction tools and adaptation strategies.

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Dust storm forecasting

TERN data are being used to develop new tools to model and predict the occurrence of dust storms so that we can manage associated risks better in future. Explore the data and predictive tools that will let us know if we're in for a long, dusty summer…

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NEW! TERN-ANU Landscape Data Visualiser

Discover, map and analyse the variety of landscape and ecosystem data provided by TERN and ANU’s Centre for Water and Landscape Dynamics, including satellite observations, national-scale predictions, airborne measurements, and sensor network and survey data. Read on for easy online access to over 50 datasets and useful visualisations.

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Australian long-term research forum

Late last month, TERN, the Ecological Society of Australia, and the Ecosystem Science Council hosted a day-long forum to discuss the current state and future form of the long-term research community in Australia. Weren’t one of the 30-plus people attending? Not to worry, read our brief summary or download the podcast to re-live the whole day.

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Key Dates
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

TERN AusPlots Survey Methodology Training
Calperum Station, South Australia
25 - 31 March 2019

Hosted by TERN

International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) Conference
29 April - 2 May 2019
Ecological Forecasting Initiative Conference
Washington DC
13 - 15 May 2019
TERN involved

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: TERN; TERN-ANU Landscape Data Visualiser
Article photo credits top to bottom: Maria Sabatini/MLU; BoM generated using JMA Himawari satellite; TERN-ANU Landscape Data Visualiser; TERN


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