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Issue 92, September 2019
Monitoring world's 3rd largest rainforest; agricultural decision-support tool; plot data integration; centre spotlight on JCU TESS; TERN synthesis paper 

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

Welcome to this month’s newsletter, which comes to you as the TERN and Australian contingent at the Open Science Meeting of the International Long-Term Ecological Research network returns home from Germany. The conference demonstrated the essential role of long-term ecosystem data in understanding complex environments ranging from coastal seagrasses to the Brazilian rainforests. As keynote speaker Professor Bob Scholes said, we must “ensure that the data which will be crucially important tomorrow are collected today”.

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Big data and online tools improve farms from the ground up

TERN-delivered soil and landscape data have been incorporated into a leading agricultural decision-support tool that’s helping farmers achieve more from their land.

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Monitoring the world’s 3rd largest tropical rainforest

News—and a stunning collection of photographs—on national-scale ecosystem monitoring efforts in Papua New Guinea that are bringing both national and global sustainability and development outcomes.

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Integrating plot-based ecological data in Australia: a semantic approach

TERN is developing an innovative approach to integrate plot-based ecological data collected by TERN and multiple agencies from different jurisdictions. This is your chance to review the progress of this landmark initiative and provide feedback.

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Centre Spotlight: Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science

This month we visit James Cook University and shine some light on a centre where research and outreach are aiding the conservation and sustainable use of tropical ecosystems in Australia and overseas.

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NEW! TERN-enabled research synthesis paper

A detailed synthesis on understanding and predicting ecosystem responses to climate change and extreme variability in Australia has just been published in a new review of research using NCRIS-enabled TERN environmental research infrastructure.

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Key Dates
Australian Committee for IUCN (ACIUCN) Healthy People in a Healthy Environment Symposium
17 - 18 September 2019

Beijing, China
19 - 20 September 2019

UQ Research Capabilities Showcase 2019
20 September 2019
TERN involved

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

ICOS Science Conference
15 – 17 September 2020
Utrecht, Netherlands

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

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 Soil and Landscape Grid of Australia; Cory Wright for UN-REDD Programme
Article photo credits top to bottom: CSIRO; Cory Wright for UN-REDD Programme​; Edmond Chuc; Cory Wright for UN-REDD Programme​; Suzanne Prober


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